For the Catasauqua girls’ volleyball team, it is all about the future.
However, their present state is looking pretty good.
Having a young, maturing squad, the Roughies have been steadily improving throughout the season, and they have been looking at the big picture. Catty has a 2-7 record through their first five games, but they aren’t looking at the final results.
These are the challenging times for the Catasauqua field hockey team. Yet, there still is plenty of room for optimism and promise.
The Roughies got their first win of the season Monday afternoon when they downed Palisades, 2-1. It ended a 10-game losing streak to begin the season. They also only scored two goals through their first 10 games.
In the win over Palisades, Kenzie Bradley scored the winning goal and Tyra Brown tallied the first one with an assist from Tyza Klotz.
Catasauqua opened its game against Palisades last Friday with a methodical nearly six-minute drive, one with a good balance of run and pass.
However, the Roughies were stopped at the Palisades’ 15 when Andrew Brett couldn’t connect with Corey Raysely in the end zone on a fourth-and-three.
From there, things took a turn.
Catasauqua begins the second half of the season with both optimism and skepticism.
The Roughies closed out their first five games of the season with an overall 2-3 record. They dropped their opening game to Salisbury, then won consecutive games against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before suffering lopsided defeats to Saucon Valley and Palisades.
Up next Saturday afternoon is an unpredictable Wilson squad, which will host the Roughies with an overall 3-2 mark.
Throughout the early part of the season, Catasauqua’s boys’ soccer team played with plenty of promise and optimism, getting out to a 2-2-1 start under first-year head coach Josh Inman.
Then, like most teams during a season, the Roughies hit the proverbial wall.
Catty dropped three consecutive games, suffering shutouts against Southern Lehigh (6-0), Moravian Academy (4-0), and Salisbury (3-1). However, they bounced back with a 6-0 thumping of Lehigh Valley Christian Tuesday afternoon.
After the win, the Roughies improved to 3-5-1.
On paper, it easily can look like a mismatch.
Catasauqua will enter their game against Palisades Friday night with an overall 2-2 record. After the Roughies dropped their opener to Salisbury, they rallied to post consecutive wins against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before they fell to Saucon Valley last weekend.
Conversely, Palisades hasn’t missed a beat.
In their first three games of the season, Catasauqua’s girls’ soccer team was among the top team in the Colonial League and also recognized as one of the rising teams in the Lehigh Valley.
The Roughies had disposed of Northern Lehigh and Wilson and then battled league contender Saucon Valley to a draining, 0-0, double overtime tie. Catty apparently was riding high with a 2-0-1 record.
“Saucon Valley threw everything at us,” said head coach Randy Gillespie about the game.
“We played 100 minutes of soccer and left everything out on the field. That was huge for us.”
After playing football since he was seven and wrestling in the eighth grade, Derrick Rodriguez decided not to play any sports in his freshman year at Catasauqua.
To this day, he doesn’t have the answer to that decision.
“I went out for wrestling in eighth grade and I really liked it,” said Rodriguez. “When I got to high school, I didn’t go out for any sports. I really don’t know why. It just happened.
“But I soon realized I wanted to go back.”
Literally speaking, Catasauqua’s cross country team continues to make strides.
With increasing depth and lowering times, the Roughies should be a force throughout the season and beyond.
“Our runners are running really well,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a good summer and the kids worked very hard. We are starting to see the results and it will look better as the year goes on.
“We have been improving in several ways.”
These days, it is the new mantra around the Catasauqua football program.
The Roughies’ recent stout defensive effort has produced two impressive wins over Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl. In the latter, Catty also had their character and mettle tested in a last-minute, 17-14 victory over the Green Knights.
With 57 second left in the game, Devon Troxell booted a 28-yard field goal to lift the Roughies to victory. The win gave the Roughies an overall 2-1 record, as they recorded consecutive road victories for the first time since the 2013 season.