Boys Soccer Bumps Glen Ridge Out Of ECT


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Verona High School’s boys soccer team went into the Essex County Tournament as the #11 seed off a rather straightforward blowout against Eagle Academy in the preliminaries. Its opponent in round 1 of the ECT was #6 seed Glen Ridge. But the game got moved from an afternoon contest in Glen Ridge to an evening match at Cedar Grove and, with an almost full moon as a backdrop, and something magical happened: The Hillbillies outscored the Ridgers 2-1.

Peter Caputo put Verona on the board first, with an assist from Max Handler. Fellow junior Graham Weber, who has been Verona’s dominant scorer this season, upped the ante to 2-0 just about three minutes from the end of the first half.

Glen Ridge returned to the pitch and at the 32:34 minute mark, Ian Heinicke finally got the Ridgers on the scoreboard. But Verona’s defense and five deft saves by Jerry Strippoli kept Glen Ridge from getting any further.

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The win improves Verona’s record to 8-4 (6-4 in conference). The Hillbillies travel to Montclair on Saturday afternoon for round 2 of the ECT against #3 seed Montclair. The game has a 2 p.m. start.

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