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Catty's Joe Harakal scored the team's only goal against Tamaqua. Catty's Joe Harakal scored the team's only goal against Tamaqua.

Roughs look to fix mistakes

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by JOE ZEMBA Special to the Press in Sports

Catty trailed Tamaqua 2-0 with 11:46 to play in the first half at Thomas Field last Saturday morning in a 10 a.m. game. The Blue Raiders are a proverbial District 11 participant and won 4-1.

"The Tamaqua game was much closer and much more open then the score would indicate," said head coach Mike Baclawski. "We played some of our best soccer, over longer periods of time this game. We were a bit more consistent in our play and we moved pretty well as a team. But it's the mistakes again."

Cesare Picone scored the first two for Tamaqua amd Justin Delp sneaked one past Gunnar Pattison. Steven Billet scored next for the Blue and White. Joshua Delp got the assist.

Catty finally got on the scoreboard when football kicker Joe Harakal took a feed from a Lester Estrada free kick, who registered his second assist in two days for the Rough Riders. The Roughs are beginning to score goals for new coach Mike Baclawski, who knew the offense would come around.

"We continue to give the ball away in critical areas of the field and we make mistakes in front of our goal that lead directly to goals," Baclawski said. "If we can work harder to clean up the mistakes we make in games, and if we try to build some possession while trying to get into the attack we could beat a few teams."

The Blue Raiders Tyler Cimona made three saves. Pattison stopped 11 shots on goal.

"I'm proud of the way we fought though," Baclawski said. "We continue to get better every day."


Against Wilson in a battle of winless teams, Catty only got to shoot two times but scored thanks to the ever-hustling Ethan Hill. The goal came in the second half as Catty fell 2-1.

Baclawski said the team really wanted this game but in the end they hurt themselves.

"Our guys worked real hard to get ready for the Wilson match," he said. "The mistakes we are making are coming back to haunt us because they are leading directly to goals. We generated a few great opportunities, and we had a few moments where we ut some things together, but a lot of technical miscues that our guys need to continue to work on. We've got to play better if we want to compete, and we still have a ways to go."

The boys started off strong according to Baclawski, but the last 20 minutes of the first half they'd like to have back. A slow start to the second half made the score a 2-0 deficit.

After that, the team play better.

"With about 25 minutes left though we started playing a lot better and we looked like a dangerous attacking team at times," Baclawski said. "We continued to create chances, but we lacked composure as a team. We have to clean some things up in order to win these kinds of games."

Jon Norris scored in the first half for Wilson. Trevor Trittenbach added the second goal as Wilson is now 1-3.

Wilson only had five shots on goal and Catasauqua goalkeeper Gunnar Pattison handled five saves.

Catty is 0-5 in the Colonial League and 0-7 overall.


Catty girls soccer team hoped to change their luck down at the Wilson Intermediate School, but the stars weren't alligned for the Brown and White, losing 6-1

The Rough Riders are winless at 0-7 while Wilson improved to 4-1-1.

Kali Grielle had a goal and assist in each half.

Lightning-quick Rough Rider senior Natalie Leggett got a score for Catty in the second half.

Freshman Skye James has been undaunted between the pipes getting five saves.