Soccer teams off to nice start
For the Catasauqua boys’ soccer team, it is not all about the scoring, but the overall performance.
However, the scoring made a huge difference in their opening two games.
The Roughies began the season with two consecutive impressive victories, firing 13 total goals into the net. They rattled Northern Lehigh, 9-0, and then followed with a comeback 4- 1 victory over Lehighton.
New head coach Josh Inman already has seen plenty of positives.
“It was a fantastic start for us,” said Inman. “This was a great effort and we outscored our opponents quickly. That has been one of our biggest assets so far.
“We scored six goals in 30 minutes against Northern Lehigh and that allowed us to get more boys playing time at the varsity level.
“Devon Troxell got us going when he scored on a 25-yard shot, and then they really got into it.”
Against Lehighton, the Roughies trailed 1-0 at halftime, but they wasted little time taking control of the game. Inman noted Catty had lost to Lehighton, 3-1, last season.
“That was a big win for us,” added Inman. “We came out on fire in the second half and put in a couple of quick goals. It was another example on how our overall performance on the field mattered.
“We shut down Northern Lehigh in the second half and we did the same to Lehighton. It is nice to get that many goals, but it is not totally all about scoring.”
Yet, the Roughies have made the most of their opportunities, and it has been a solid team effort.
Through their first two games, Damian DePaolo had four goals, Troxell had three and Joe Merkel had two. The Roughies scored on 13 of their 21 shots on goal.
“We had seven players score in our first game, and that’s pretty phenomenal,” said Inman. “Each of them is playing their roles properly. It is definitely a team effort for us, and everyone is doing their job.”
Inman also cited the play of goalie Gabe Atiyeh and also welcomed the recent addition of Shane Dolan, who could also see some time in the nets.
“He (Atiyeh) has done his job,” noted Inman. “It was nice to see Shane Dolan join us. He (Dolan) has great hands and he’ll continue to work.”
The Roughies will get their first litmus test of the season when they meet Wilson Wednesday and Saucon Valley Friday, both of whom are expected to be in the Colonial League race.
“I have had the Wilson game earmarked for a while, and we’ll see what we can do,” said Inman. “They are one of the teams that will be in contention.
“Saucon Valley is where I coached for three years, and it will be another big game for us. Both games will be a true challenge for us.
“We want to show that we aren’t a team to be messed with this season.”
The Catty girls team also got off to a good start on their season with a 4-1 win over Northern Lehigh on Friday morning, Sept. 1.
Freshman Alexis Rushatz scored twice in the game and registered eight shots. She also assisted on a goal.
Kassidy Gruver, another freshman, scored as did junior Cassie Barna.
Jill Olewine paced Northern Lehigh with 10 of her team’s 16 shots while scoring her team’s only goal.
Rushatz got Catty on the board first in the game as the Roughs outshot the Bulldogs 11-8 in the first half. But Olewine would tie the score before the Roughs would score three times in the second half.
In the end, Catty would finish with 27 shots on goal.
Catasauqua competed in the Lion Invitational this past weekend.
The Catty girls were second out of three teams in the Class A race.
Lexi Rushatz was first overall in that competition with a time of 21:42.07.
The overall girls winner was Katie Dammer of Abington Heights with a time of 18:32.05.
Other Catty finishers were Sabrina Kemmerer (24:00.73, 5th); Montana Muller (24:56.24, 10th); Makena Webber (27:11.09, 15th); Katie Verenna (27:24.16, 16th); Bethanie Delucia (27:49.72, 20th) and Bree Sheldon (28:40.31, 21st).
The boys team took 12th in the AA race and were led by Sebastian Henry who took 62nd with a time of 20:34.
The top six boys all finished within less than three minutes of one another as Nick Noti was 73rd in 21:22.
Jason Schneck took 76th in 22:00. Mitchell Phillips was 80th in 22:29 while Darien Wasser was 83rd in 22:53. Brandon Norton was 85th in 23:18.
Notre Dame Green Pond won the 2A boys team title while Saucon Valley’s Ethan Bernstein was first overall with a time of 16:35.
Catty defeated Lehigh Valley Christian in volleyball 3-2.
Catasauqua won by scores of 25-23; 25-27; 21-25; 25-23; 15-13.