VERONA, NJ - In a season where the Verona boys soccer team is looking to return to glory, junior Graham Weber has stood out as a leading talent for the squad.

    Weber has been fantastic this season as a midfielder for the Hillbillies. The junior has collected seven goals and four assists in the teams’ games thus far this campaign making him the TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.

    “Our offensive strategy this year has been to get it down the wing and we’d cross it and I’ve been able to get my head on about five of my seven goals this year so that’s usually what I score on [in addition] to hard work with the team,” said Weber. 

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    Thus far this year Weber has found ways to impact goals in six of the team’s nine games. Perhaps no game was more dominant for Weber than his season opener against Caldwell where he notched three goals and two assists in a 7-1 victory.

    “The first game of the year against Caldwell I had three goals and two assist so that was a big confidence boost for me as a first year starter,” said Weber.

    This season the Verona squad with Weber as a driving influence have played their best ball in recent years. To date the squad is 6-3 on the year and won their last three straight contests. He feels the team has a lot to still achieve moving forward and is excited to be part of it.

    “I’d like to win states this year because this year we are much better than in previous years…I’d like to win states and maybe make a run in counties as well,” said Weber. 

    Weber has parlayed that confidence into a fine season that is continuing to grow his name around the county and state.

    “It got me excited [for the season] and I wanted the rest of the games to come that easy.  It was our biggest win so I felt on top of the world and I wanted to build off of that,” said Weber. 

    Often times players at the varsity level see the most growth year over year from sophomore to junior campaign. Weber focused on his technical elements to improve his game in the offseason, and his hard work is paying off.

    “Technically with my feet I wanted to get better and holding the ball up for my team so we can attack from there,” said Weber.

    Having Weber on the squad and continuing to grow as both an individual and team the Verona boys soccer team’s future is a bright one. Only time will tell the heights the group and Weber will reach, but those watching are excited to see how it will play out.

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