Boys fall vs. SV; tie BHS
Tempers flared at the end of Saucon Valley’s 3-1 victory at Catasauqua in boys soccer, but in the end, it was all smiles and handshakes after Josh Inman’s first game against his old squad.
The new Rough Riders coach spent three years on the Saucon Valley sideline before taking the Catasauqua job this season. He had his team well-prepared to face the Panthers, but Saucon Valley’s depth was a little too much to overcome in their Sept. 8 meeting.
As one of the smaller schools in the Colonial League, Inman is getting his team ready to face the larger squads in the conference.
“If we have 11 guys that can play, we’re going to go with 11 guys. If we’ve got 12 guys, we’re going to go with 12 guys,” Inman said. “I told them at the very beginning of the preseason that we’d be in shape to be able to play with anyone.”
Colin Zyck, Joel Thompson and Jacob Raven each scored for the Panthers. Saucon Valley led 1-0 at halftime before scoring two goals within two minutes in the second half.
Catasauqua’s Grant Gebhardt scored on a lengthy free kick with 10 minutes left in the contest to pull the Rough Riders within two.
“The Saucon boys came out strong. They’re a good group of boys and I knew what they were going to bring,” Inman said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our boys. They came out with 100-percent effort and pushed them to the brink.”
Catasauqua hosts Southern Lehigh on Sept. 14 and travels to Moravian Academy on Sept. 16.
The Roughs tied Bangor 2-2 on Tuesday afternoon on the road.
All four goals came in the second half. The Slaters got two goals from Chris Giani.
For CHS, Damian DiPaolo and Grant Gebhardt scored.
Catty lost a heartbreaker to Wilson last week 1-0.
Kolton Appleby had a nice finish in the bottom right corner in the second half. Tajae Turner got the assist for his shot.