The Verona boys soccer team recorded its 12th consecutive victory on Tuesday with a 1-0 defeat of Golda Och Academy. The Hillbillies (12-0) scored the only goal of the game as Matt Braschi converted a long through ball from senior Nick Looney. The sophomore Braschi deflected the ball past the goalie from about 12 yards out 30 minutes into the first half. Junior goalkeeper Mike King got his fifth shutout.
Verona plays a quarterfinal game in the Essex County Tournament at 4 p.m. Friday against No. 14 seed Newark Academy. The Hillbillies, upset winners over East Side on Monday, are the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
Verona girls’ tennis record improved to 8-5 with a sweep of Park Ridge High School. Junior Jackie Noyes split the first two sets of first singles with Priscilla Kim 6-2, 6-7 before winning the final set 6-0. Ashley Stockwell swept her second singles match 6-2, 6-2 and Ciarra Davison won 6-3, 7-5. In Doubles, the Hillbilly teams of Caroline Chivily/Briana Tedesco won 6-4, 6-2 and Jasmine Okafor/Allie Vaccaro took home 6-2, 6-2 wins.
For the second game in the row, the Hillbillies’ volleyball team won the opening frame of the match before dropping the next two. After losing the first set 25-16, the Nutley Raiders battled back to take home 25-11 and 25-18 wins. The Verona JV won two games to one. The varsity record moves to 7-8.