The girl’s tennis team swept the Panthers of Cedar Grove 5-0 yesterday in Verona. Senior Jackie Noyes defeated Julie Lin 6-1, 6-2 in first singles. Ciarra Davison took second singles 6-0, 6-2 over Candace Mitola, and Allie Vaccaro won 7-5, 6-2 over Mackenzie Connolly. In doubles matches the team of Caroline Chivily and Briana Tedesco won 6-2, 6-2, and Angelica Bryan and Cassidy Chait won 6-1, 6-0.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Verona’s boys soccer team rallied with two goals in the second half to record a 2-1 victory over East Orange at Centennial Field on Thursday afternoon. Junior striker Matt Braschi took control of a throw-in and converted from about 30 yards out with just over two minutes remaining to give the Hillbillies’ their winning margin.
Earlier in the second half, senior midfield Sean Degnan scored off a free kick by senior Jonathan Tosh to tie the contest. The Hillbillies controlled the play through much of the game, but couldn’t quite convert on a number of good scoring opportunities, including a shot by Tosh that banged off the cross bar late in the first half.
Senior goalie Mike King had four saves in the game for Verona, which is now 2-1 overall this season and 2-1 in the Super Essex Conference’s Liberty Division.
The Verona boys and girls cross country teams opened their season at Branch Brook Park on a winning note. The boys beat Glen Ridge 24-33 and North 13th Street 15-50 with seniors John Conboy and Fernando Padilla leading the way. Junior Melanie Egan, with a fabulous 21:11 performance, led the girls team over Cedar Grove 24-31 and Newark Tech 25-31.
It’s a busy day in Hillbilly Country. The football team has its season opener at JFK Stadium in Hoboken 7 p.m. The volleyball team is home against MKA, the girls tennis and soccer team are away at Bloomfield. If you will be on the sidelines, send your updates and photos to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Use the hashtag #VHSsports.
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