The Verona High School girls soccer team and its coach took to the field on Monday wearing purple and teal headbands as part of the broad push for suicide awareness by VHS athletes. The volleyball team has been wearing purple and teal ribbons at its September matches, and Saturday night’s football game against Ramsey High School will be dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention.
Monday’s game started well for Verona varsity. Fifteen minutes into the game Sarah Carlucci, on a pass from Rebecca Siclari, started the scoring for Verona. West Essex retaliated five minutes later with a goal of its own, making the score 1-1. With five minutes left in the first half West Essex scored again making the score 2-1 at the half.
At the start of the second half, Hillbilly Colleen Whelan started in goal in place of an injured Anna Rosinski. The girls allowed West Essex to only one more goal at the 30-minute mark and the game ended West Essex 3 – Verona 1. However the score does not tell whole story – Verona played one player down for 50 minutes and limited West Essex, who had 28 shots, to only three goals.
Photos copyright Kathleen Seubert. Used by permission.