VERONA, NJ - The Verona boys soccer team has found their early season stride after a 4-1 victory over Irvington on ‘Senior Night’ gives the squad their third win in a row.
“It’s still a work in progress and I think this senior class has had to learn some tough lessons and they are starting to show that maturity,” said Head Coach Jack Weber.
Verona got two early goals in the contest from leading scorer Graham Weber. The junior midfielder’s goals at the 14th and 19th minute mark respectively were the decisive factors in the game. Weber has collected three goals in his last three games for Verona.
“Getting up early basically gives us the momentum. Once we score once we just keep on going…if we score first we’re basically guaranteed to win, that’s how it’s been all season,” said Liam Patel.
After the two goals put Verona up Patel would add a third for the squad. Patel, who has had struggles finding the net of late was able to score with his friends and family in attendance.
“It means a lot, both of my parents were here…on senior night it’s big [to score], and represent my class,” said Patel.
One person who is particularly proud of Patel’s performance is his coach who noted the hard work ethic he possesses as admirable.
“[Patel] is that much better off now because he has that mentality of ‘I’m going to work’ and we need that,” said Weber.
Verona’s squad is still learning to be successful as the group still lacks some experience. Their inexperience showed as they gave up a late first half goal to the dismay of their coach. The goal was a lesson to be taught to the squad on playing a full 80 minutes.
“At three nil I thought we played pretty well, but then we gave up that goal and it was an attitude change,” said Weber.
Verona responded in the second half controlling the ball for the majority of the rest of the game. Peter Hoogterp’s goal in the 66th minute effectively ended the game for Verona.
“We bent, we didn’t break and then we found four so then the game was over,” said Weber.
For the Hillbillies, they will continue to grow as counties and states rapidly approaching. The squad will look to continue the momentum as they are now 6-3 on the season.
“They showed that they could finish the game. They finished this game and that’s the next step,” said Weber.
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