Girls looking to make a push
Over the last six games of the season, Catasauqua head girls’ soccer coach Chris Hain is looking for more steadiness in his team.
The Roughies had an overall 5-7 mark and sat in fourth place in the PIAA District 11 Class postseason bracket.
“I think the confidence is there,” said Hain. “For us, it’s about being more consistent. We’re trying to reach a consistent level of competitiveness. It hasn’t been where I would like it to be.
“It’s not for lack of effort or attitude. We do have a younger team this year than last year.”
Hain pointed to the team’s stream of injuries that have affected their lineup.
“Our first three or four games, we had a full squad and then we started to get injuries,” he stated. “We only have 21 girls and we are asking them to do so much. We have had our share of nicks and dings.
“It go to the point where we couldn’t practice every day. Just when we would gain some momentum, we had to take our foot off the gas.”
He noted that a 1-0 loss to Saucon Valley and 3-2 defeat to Bangor easily could have gone the other way, and how games to Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley got away from them.
But a 3-2 win over Palisades proved to be equalizer for the Roughies.
“That was a big win for us,” said Hain. “They beat us last year, and they have a very good program. It really helped turn the season for us.”
Sophomore Haleigh Toto has been the Roughies’ leading scorer and senior Maddie Hicks has proved her first-team league selection with nearly 200 saves so far this year.
Sophomore Brielle Davis, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken leg, also has been a regular offensive contributor.
“Haleigh (Toto) and Brielle (Davis) have done a great job for us,” said Hain. “Maddie Hicks keeps us in every game. She gives her heart and soul every minute out there. Without here (Hicks), we would be in a lot of trouble.”
Sophomore Matty Harth and junior Olivia Emery also both have played well, according to Hain. Freshman Kaylee Weidaw continues to be a pleasant surprise.
Junior Katie Weiss has been a stalwart on defense throughout the year.
The Roughies will have two meetings with Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg over their final six games, as stretch in which they will hope to improve their district seed as well as improve their 6-12 record from a year ago.
“We have some winnable games coming up,” added Hain. “We have opportunities for us ahead. We just have to play well and do whatever we can.”