VERONA, NJ - The Verona boys soccer seam is looking to regroup with a little R & R for the rest of the weekend after a tough 2-0 loss to Millburn leaves the squad winless in their last three contests.
“I thought maybe in minute 60 we’ve played three games and we’ve played three overtimes and I thought that showed,” said Verona Head Coach Jack Weber.
The Hillbillies were solid for the beginning of the contest challenging the 2-0 Millers early on. Chances in the first 20 minutes were turned aside by the Millburn goaltender and easily could have changed the outcome of the game in Verona’s favor.
“I thought we created chances but we didn’t finish,” said Weber.
Ultimately the Millburn squad pushed forward to rally for their chances. Blake Weisman’s left footed goal in the 35th minute put Millburn up and was the eventual decisive blow for the contest.
“I think we got beat because we made a mistake and then we were playing catch up,” said Weber
Verona made some solid strides early in the second half, but fatigue began to set in. Extra minutes played this past week took a toll on a less experienced Verona squad leading to mental errors as well. Ultimately a mental error would produce a penalty kick for Christian Clark that put Millburn up 2-0 for the game’s final score.
“Millburn is really deep,” said Weber.
Verona will look to get back to their basics with a game upcoming on Tuesday. The Hillbillies are now 1-2-2 on the season and are focusing on the division,which is still a feasible goal for the squad despite their early season hiccups.
“I like the group, they’re trying to do the right thing, they’re working real hard and that’s all you can ask of them,” said Weber.
The Hillbillies will look to get back on the winning track as they take on Belleville on September 18.
“We have to find a way to recover and at the end of the day they are in the other division…we’ll continue to fight and we’ll continue to battle,” said Weber.