Catasauqua girls’ soccer head coach Randy Gillespie isn’t one to make excuses, but if he wanted to he certainly could find some.
The second-year coach has watched his team be ravaged by injuries all season. In the process, the Roughies lost five starters, but they still have managed to piece together a 4-8 overall record through their first 12 games.
Coming off arguably their most impressive win of the season, the Roughies likely will face their biggest challenge of the year.
The Roughies will travel to Green Pond Friday night to meet Notre Dame, the only undefeated team in the Colonial League with an unblemished 6-0 mark and a remaining cast from their PIAA District 11 Championship last season.
For Catasauqua, it truly was a tale of two halves.
On their first drive of the game against Palisades, Catasauqua has one of their most efficient drives of the season as they went on an eight-play, 78-yard drive that culminated when Andrew Brett hit Dylan Nonnemacher on a 14-yard scoring play.
From there, the Roughies appeared to gain some added momentum when Joey Sparacello recovered a fumble late in the first quarter. But any momentum quickly snuffed when Brett was intercepted on the first play.
As a senior, Jonathan Dweck has watched his team experience their share of transformations through the years.
This season has proved to be no exception. The Roughies bolted into the Colonial League race when they moved out to a 3-3 start. Since then, they have been saddled with a five-game losing streak, one that can put a serious harness on their postseason aspirations.
Yet, Dweck wants to keep everything in its proper focus. He has experienced some changes in his game.
As they concluded their first half of the season, Catasauqua’s field hockey season continues to search for a sense of consistency as well as seeking their identity.
The Roughies recently suffered a 2-0 loss to Pen Argyl, a defeat that lowered their record to 3-5-1 overall. However, it did end a streak of five games in seven days and finally gave them a breather.
“We were able to hold a solid practice for the first time in a while,” said first-year head coach Julie Bisci. “We were able to look at some things and improve on the things we need to work on.
If Catasauqua ever needed a test of character, it likely will be this week against Palisades.
The Roughies will travel down Route 611 Friday for a key showdown with the Pirates, as both teams will look to either take a major step to aligning themselves with a possible district berth or beginning to think about playing out the string.
Catasauqua began a four-week portion of its schedule last week that easily could turn them into either a contender of a pretender.
The Roughies began by hosting Pen Argyl – a game that could have turned each program’s season –followed by a trip to league powerhouse Saucon Valley and then Palisades before returning home against winless Wilson. It concluded with a trip to Green Pond for a battle with the Crusaders.
Needless to say, there was a stiff challenge ahead, one that could lead them to a possible .500 record and a district berth in the new classification and format.
Catasauqua’s cross country team may not reach the top echelon of teams in the Lehigh Valley, but they continue to build on their ascent.
The Roughies girls’ and boys’ teams are off to a solid start this season, as both units have been lowering their times and improving their overall performance in the process. In fact, the girls’ team already has registered two wins over Moravian Academy and Palmerton.
Before the season, Catasauqua boys’ soccer coach Mike Baclawski had some high expectations.
So far, he hasn’t been disappointed.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 3-3 mark, their latest outing being a satisfying 2-1 win over Bangor. It came after a 7-0 blanking from Saucon Valley followed by a convincing 5-1 win over Tamaqua.
Even though the Roughies have been battling consistency, they have been pleased with their overall results.
Catasauqua realizes the third week of the football season is still relatively early, but the Roughies aren’t taking anything likely.
They return home to Alumni Field Friday night to face a potentially dangerous Pen Argyl team that basically faces the same predicament as the home team. Pen Argyl (1-1) opened the season with an impressive 28-7 win over Wilson, but they were thumped by Saucon Valley, 42-7, last weekend.
Both teams want to use a victory as a key momentum swing.