Young Roughies still battle
Catasauqua boys soccer coach Mike Baclawski put it best when he said "We don't have anyone on the roster who can drive themself to a game."
That shows the youth and inexperience this Roughies team is dealt with this 2012 season.
Still, this team keeps battling and doesn't give up. That showed with a resilient late goal in a 9-1 loss to Salisbury last Thursday night in a Colonial League match at Salisbury High School.
It also didn't help that ten minutes into the game, two starters went down with injuries.
"I'm proud of how this team works," Baclawski said. "Our goal is are we better today than we were yesterday. We are head and shoulders above where we were on opening day, and I'm proud of them for that."
Salisbury opened the scoring off a missed clearance from a corner kick. The ball landed on the feet of Ben Heydt who knocked it passed goal keeper Gunnar Pattison nearly six minutes in.
The Falcons added six more goals in the first half, and outshot Catty 15-0. The shots were coming at Pattison from every distance of the pitch, and at different types of speed, but the sophomore goalie stood his ground making ten saves.
The speed and athleticism, stacked with a more experienced and more depth of a roster, played into the hands of Salisbury.
"Salisbury has some high quality players," noted Baclawski. "Our goal is to be competitive against every team. Every practice, and every game we want to get better. And even in a game as lopsided as this, the kids made a choice to keep competing. We can't control who we're playing on the other side and how good they are, but we're learning from this and will keep trying to get better. I'm proud of them for still throwing all they had at these guys."
After two more Falcons goals in the second half, a late surge from Catty pushed play into their offensive third. A dangerous chip into the eighteen was handled by a Salisbury defender.
With 0:51 seconds left, Lester Estrada stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past Jason Carne from eight yards out to give the Roughies something positive to look at moving forward.
"That's definitely something positive moving on," added Baclawski. "We even chased one down here at the end, and made a few nice diagonal runs up top."
Things can only go up for the Catasauqua boys soccer team, and with the vital experience these young players are gaining with each game, and each practice, the program may benefit greatly from this 2012 season.