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Soccer team hoping for playoff berth

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

After letting potential magic number seven slip through its fingers, the Catasauqua boys soccer team is hoping that six might be their lucky number.

Palmerton defeated Catasauqua 5-2 on Monday, Oct. 9, in a battle of teams jockeying for a District 11 playoff berth. With a week remaining in the season, seven wins appears to be the cutoff spot for playoff entry, with an outside shot of getting in with six.

Entering the final week of the season, Catasauqua sits at three wins but has a very manageable schedule the rest of the way. The Rough Riders play nonleague games against Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua, in addition to winless Northern Lehigh.

Even though they are struggling for wins, head coach Joshua Inman is very encouraged by the effort that his team has shown.

With a roster that is half the size of most of their opponents in the Colonial League, Inman has been forced to bring younger players up to the varsity level and juggle lineup changes on a game-by-game basis.

On Monday afternoon, sophomore Joseph Merkel - the team’s third-leading scorer - was forced into a central defense role to cover the absence of senior Grant Gebhardt. Freshman Donovan Ahart played the entire varsity and JV games.

Freshman Damian DiPaolo leads the Rough Riders with ten goals on the season, including two against Palmerton. He gave the Rough Riders a 1-0 lead on a breakaway in the first half, then converted a penalty kick in the second half.