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Soccer teams look to keep improving

Catasauqua’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams are still optimistic they can make a run at the district playoffs over the next few weeks.

The boys’ team downed Northern Lehigh, 4-1 Tuesday to raise their record to 2-9 overall, as they broke a four-game losing streak. Jason Berrier, Brendan Nye, Osmar Ferre, Luis Del Rosario tallied goals for the Rough Riders.

They will have seven games remaining beginning with a game at Wilson Thursday followed by a home game against Dieruff Saturday.

Head coach Josh Inman has remained positive.

“We are better than our record suggests, and we can and will prove it throughout this full season,” stressed Inman earlier this season. “I believe we can play with any of our opponents as many of our games have shown.

“We have played until the end, and we have scored many of our goals in the second half.”

The girls’ team began play Wednesday with an overall 3-9-1 record after a 3-0 loss to Northern Lehigh Tuesday night. They have five games left, having four of them against opponents with losing records.

“The girls played really well and worked hard all game,” said head coach Kayla Cunningham. “We had opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.

“Our back line played together and moved as a unit. Maddie Harth saved us in the back a countless amount of times.”

Cunningham will continue with her positive outlook that she has maintained throughout the season. She has been pleased with the leadership from her senior class.

“I am very proud of our leadership we have on the team, not only by our senior captains but also by the seniors as a whole group,” boasted Cunningham. “We have created scoring opportunities, but we need to finish.

“Our defense has been playing together as a unit, which is nice to see and everyone works for each other. Our goalies are doing an outstanding job, making every save they can.”

Senior Maddie Hicks and her teammates have managed to keep their focus.

“I think this season has had a lot of ups and downs,” she said. “Some days, we play really well, and some days we don’t look great. We are a very small team, and it can really take a toll on our bodies not getting subs or a break.

“Going forward, I think we need to keep practicing and playing hard. As a senior, our main goal is to make districts and lead the many freshmen on the team. I think we can pull off a few ore wins and hopefully help ourselves in the district standings in order to make it there.”