Clean Sweep For Hillibilly Teams Tuesday

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Victoria Purcell and Alyssa Merwin team up against Columbia (Photo courtesy Bob Misuro)

Jackie Noyes won her first singles match against Cedar Grove’s Caitlyn Flynn 6-3, 6-3 to lead Verona tennis team to a four match to one victory Tuesday over the Panthers. Ashley Stockwell topped Brielle Freda 6-0, 6-2 and Ciarra Davison won in straight sets over Rachel Moogan 6-4, 6-2. The doubles team of Caroline Chivily and Briana Tedesco took home a 7-6, 6-0 win for the 11-8 Hillbillies.

Alison Sprong and Amelia Weiss shut down the Mount Saint Dominic Academy offense as the girls soccer team went on to a 2-0 victory. After a scoreless first half, freshman Julia Ashley scored to put the Hillbillies ahead 1-0. Ashley later assisted junior Olivia Marino’s goal for the final score of the afternoon. The Hillbillies are 9-7 on the season.

Verona’s boys soccer team bounced back from last week’s Essex County Tournament loss to score a 2-1 victory over Irvington High on Tuesday afternoon in Irvington Park. With the victory, the Hillbillies improved to 14-1 overall for the season and also kept their perfect record in Super Essex Conference division play. Verona plays today at East Orange, a 4 p.m. start.

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On Tuesday, against a solid and fast Irvington team (8-8 overall), Verona managed to grab a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when junior midfielder Jonathan Tosh scored on a direct kick from about 25 yards out. The Hillbillies held on to the one-goal lead, with goalie Mike King and center defender Patrick Malanga turning several Irvington scoring opportunities away, until halftime. About 14 minutes into the second half, sophomore forward Matt Braschi took control of a pass from senior Chris Unis near the top of the penalty box and drove a line-drive shot into the net. Irvington scored its goal on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left in the game.

Verona volleyball won their second match in two days against Columbia High School in straight sets 25-21, 25-21. Their record stands at 13-10.

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