Catty girls team soccer makes districts
Last season, Catasauqua’s girls soccer team just missed making the district playoffs, as they finished with an overall 6-10-1 record.
Getting there this season was a major priority.
In two weeks, the Roughies will have reached their goal when they will open play in the District 11 Class A bracket, likely facing Moravian Academy. Ironically, they finished this year with a 6-10-2 record.
It is a welcome relief from a regular season that didn’t quite go as planned. The Roughies got off to a good start only to be later stymied by a five-game losing streak.
“We just recently found out that we would be in the tournament,” said head coach Randy Gillespie, whose team beat Jim Thorpe, 3-0, on their senior night to clinch the spot. “There have been as many highs as lows this season for us. It was more (lows) than we had anticipated.
“It should have been a lot easier for us. We did play up to our level for the most part.”
Gillespie noted the team’s crammed schedule of 18 games in six weeks.
“We talked about it as a team,” added Gillespie. “It is too much soccer in six weeks. We want to give them a break this week.”
Earlier this season, Catasauqua dropped a 2-0 decision to Moravian Academy.
“In that game, we didn’t play up to our ability,” said Gillespie. “It was a time when we were struggling to score. Now, we feel like we have a good opportunity to beat them.”
Alexi Rushatz had been the leading scorer for the Roughies, as he has tallied 11 goals heading into the postseason. Trinity Kern also has had a productive year, as she has scored 10.
“Lexi (Rushatz) had a solid year for us,” said Gillespie. “Trinity (Kern) also played well for us. We had a good team effort.”
Madison Hicks enjoyed a productive first year in the nets.
“She (Hicks) kept us in a lot of games,” said Gillespie. “We wouldn’t be where we are right now without her. She had really grown into that position.”
Gillespie pointed to a recent overtime victory over Bethlehem Catholic as well as a double-overtime tie against Notre Dame East Stroudsburg as two games that could have turned the tide for the Roughies. They also snapped their five-game skid with an impressive 4-0 victory over Tamaqua.
“That was a big victory for us over Becahi,” said Gillespie. “They (Becahi) knocked us out of districts last year. The tie against Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg) also proved to us that we could hang with other teams, and they were all big moral victories for us.”
Gillespie believes his team will benefit from the week layoff before districts.
“We play better when we get breaks,” he added. “Right now, practices are basically about strategies against opponents. We’ll have a chance to prepare better, and we’ll be ready.”