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Catty boys continue their rebuild

Catasauqua head boys’ soccer coach Josh Inman anticipated a rebuilding season for his team this fall, and the script hasn’t changed.

The Rough Riders began the week with an overall 1-6 record, gaining their lone victory with a 7-1 win over Palmerton Sept. 22 that broke an opening, five-game losing streak.

Inman likes the long-range possibilities for his team.

“We are definitely progressing,” he said. “I see us completing more passes throughout games than we have in the past and being more creative than before as well.

“The boys have really applied themselves to learning a pass-and-move offense and eliminate the kick-and-run style that perpetuates itself in most areas of the world.”

Wesley Fotta and Hunter Miller have shared time in the nets. Travis Sterner also saw some time, but he recently suffered a season-ending injury.

“On any given day, one can shine brighter, and it gives me great joy to see it,” added Inman. “Before his injury, Travis Sterner went up and beyond spending some time with the JV team.”

Luis Del Rosario is the team’s leading scorer with six goals and one assist, and he is viewed as the team’s emotional leader as well.

Mason Forstoffer has five goals and an assist, and Brendan Nye chipped in with four goals.

“Del Rosario has paced us, and Forstoffer and Nye have both stepped up,” stated Inman. “But we are definitely a team where the glory and the goals are shared seeing as we have seven players who have scored and eight who have assisted this season.

“I think it makes us harder to plan for and prepare to defend us. We will continue to grow in this to lead us toward more success as the season continues.”

Inman has been pleased with the play of midfielders Vinicius Takahashi and Jaxon Berrier, who have enhanced their pass-first style. Christopher Smell and Jacob Dove have anchored the back line.

The Roughies also have been supported by their underclassmen and freshmen Jonathan Cordon Pinto and Osmar Ferre have been mainstays in their lineup.

Inman is optimistic his young club can mature down the road.

“We are better than our record indicates,” he stressed. “We can and we will prove it throughout this full season.

“I believe we can play with any of our opponents and as many of our games have shown we can play until the end. We have had many of our goals in the second half.

“I love seeing this young team make such strides this season, and I have been impressed by many of them.”

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Luis Del Rosario is the Catty boys soccer leading scorer this season.