VERONA, NJ — The Verona girls soccer team was among the fortunate programs not to endure any lengthy interruptions once the season belatedly got underway at the beginning of October.
While many teams in the state had their seasons interrupted and, in some cases, even cut short or cancelled altogether, because of the complications COVID-19 posed, Verona played 14 games between Oct. 3 and Nov. 18, finishing with a 6-8 record under first-year head coach Kelly Pannullo.
The Lady Hillbillies posted shutout victories in three of their final six games, with junior Amelia Koellhofer and sophomore Isabelle Malanga sharing time as the goalkeepers.
Junior Grace Madigan led Verona in goals with eight, and she also passed for four assists. Junior Nathalie De Leon finished with seven goals and four assists. Sophomore defensive center midfielder Brooke Rienecker was second on Verona in assists with six and also scored six goals herself. Junior Emma Zalewski was the top player in assists with a total of seven.
Senior players were Karen Andre, Sarah Cole, Cayla Okafor and Karina Squilanti.