Boys Soccer Wins ECT Prelim

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The preliminary round of the Essex County Tournament for boys soccer started Monday and Verona High School delivered a dominating 4-0 win over Eagle Academy.

Graham Weber, a junior, started off the scoring for Verona at just 1:42 into the match. Verona is the #11 seed in the ECT, and Eagle Academy, an all-boys public school that opened in Newark in 2012, is the #27 seed.

Fellow junior Peter Hoogterp scored Verona’s second goal, leaving the Hillbillies up 2-0 at the half. The referee had barely finished waving his arms to start the second half when Weber snagged the ball again and drove it in for a score. Leonardo Celi, a senior, rounded out the victory with Verona’s fourth goal. Celi, junior Peter Caputo and sophomore Nicholas Handler were all credited with assists.

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Senior Jerry Strippoli was in goal for most of the game and had two saves, while Michael Lipesky, a junior, had one. Verona made 26 shots on goal in all, to just four for Eagle Academy.

The win improves Verona’s record to 7-4 on the season. Verona advances to Thursday’s ECT first round game, which will be played at Glen Ridge at 4 p.m.

Photos copyright Jack O’Neill. Used by permission.

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