The Catty boys soccer team played a spirited second half against Palmerton last Thursday, drilling into the visitor’s lead to make it a one-goal game, but the Roughs comeback bid ultimately fell short, jeopardizing their chance for a district playoff berth.
Catasauqua was on the second night of back-to-back games, having lost a heartbreaker to Tamaqua the prior evening when the Raiders scored two goals in the final minutes to win, the game-winner coming with under a minute remaining.
Adam Reinhart admittedly was antsy watching form the sidelines.
The senior quarterback missed the better part of two-plus games dealing with complications of Epstein’s Bar. He played against Salisbury and made the start in the recent Palmerton game.
“I felt good enough to play a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t cleared to play,” said Reinhart. “I understood that.
“But I feel like I am 100-percent back, and I just had to adjust to everything.”
When Haleigh Toto’s free kick slid under the crossbar to cut Tamaqua’s lead to a goal at Thomas Field last Saturday morning, it seemed like the spark the Roughs needed to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
They had been consistently knocking on the door late in the second half, and Toto’s goal, her second of the game, pulled them within one as the Raiders now clung to a 3-2 lead.
With leagues and districts on the horizon, Catasauqua’s cross country teams have been rising to the occasion.
The girls’ team gained victories over Moravian Academy (25-30) and Saucon Valley (24-31) in a seven–team meet at Palisades Tuesday.
Lexi Rushatz finished fourth overall in a time of a new personal record of 19:54.10 and Lucy Brubaker was 16th (21:36). Breonna Brinkley was the other Rough Rider in the top 20 (18th, 21:42)
It marked their 10th win of the season, which is believed to be the most wins in a school season.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms finished up their preseason schedule Monday night at the PPL Center, falling to the Hershey Bears 2-0. Both teams finished the preseason with identical 2-1-0-0 records and look to open the regular season this weekend. For Lehigh Valley, the opener comes at home against Providence Saturday night.
Injuries and illnesses have plagued the Rough Riders football season throughout the year, and they definitely have plodded the progress of a young football team.
In their recent 34-0 loss to Salisbury, the Roughies (0-6) were missing three starting lineman and a receiver.
“We have had guys on the line nicked up all year,” said head coach Mike McClarin. “It has given us a chance to play freshmen and sophomores who wouldn’t have had playing time.
Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?
The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.
That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.
Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.
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.”
Deer and bear hunters are in for some changes this season, with most offering additional hunting days afield.
Now that the statewide archery deer hunting season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 5), it also spells the time junior license holders can hunt squirrels and rabbits until Oct. 19. Juniors can also hunt ring-necked pheasants from Oct. 12-19.
The Moravian College football team fell to No. 21 Johns Hopkins University, 41-0, in Centennial Conference action at Homewood Field Friday evening as the Blue Jays played their 50th career Friday game while the Greyhounds played for just the second time in program history on Friday night.