In recent years, the Salisbury field hockey team has struggled finding the back of the net.
But under first-year head coach Jane Brennan, Salisbury is finding more opportunities offensively. And it has resulted to a quicker start to the season than in recent years.
Salisbury is currently 1-3 in the early going of the fall season, but improvement has already been seen.
“The team is learning to work together as a unit and to trust each other,” Brennan said. “They are playing clean, strong hockey. Their positive attitude, drive and desire are commendable.
During last week’s loss to Wilson, Salisbury struggled to get off blocks from the Warriors offensive line. The end result was a near 100-yard rushing day for Job Goodman, and over 240 total yards from the junior running back.
With another team that features a strong running game set to visit Salisbury High School on Friday night, that was the focal point during film session early in the week. Head coach Andy Cerco hopes it translates onto the field Friday night as the Falcons (2-1) host Bangor (1-2) at 7 p.m.
In the middle of two dominant races from two non-local runners at the 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational over the weekend, a number of Salisbury runners took their shot at the difficult course in Center Valley.
While none may have been able to stage a finish such as Marian Catholic’s Tina Capparell or Owen J. Roberts’ Liam Conway, a number of Falcons had respectable finishes on Saturday afternoon. It was a pleasant change of pace after a seven-team Colonial League meet last Wednesday to open the regular season.
While most people might have expected a bit of a struggle for the Salisbury girls’ tennis team as it graduated its top two singles players, Falcon head coach Rob Benson wasn’t one of them.
Despite graduating Leandra Roelker and Claudia Crouthamel, Benson knew he still had plenty of talent throughout his lineup. And now he’s seeing the results of that talent in its new positions.
“I think we are surprising some people,” Benson said. “Everyone is playing well. They are giving me more than 150 percent effort.”
Head coach Andy Cerco doesn’t want his football team to get caught up in the score from last week’s game when it beat Catasauqua by 18 points. He doesn’t want them to look at scores from around the league either, in particular a four-touchdown defeat Northwestern suffered against Palmerton in Week 1.
Salisbury is well aware of the type of team that Northwestern is, and its rich tradition of successful football. With the slate cleaned from last Friday night, Cerco and his team will head to New Tripoli this week with a clear head.
Timmy Buda and Alex Glenn didn’t have many opportunities out of the backfield last year. When the duo got its chance in Friday’s season opener, it didn’t waste any time.
Buda and Glenn combined for 305 yards on the ground and five of Salisbury’s six touchdowns in a 47-29 victory over Catasauqua. The Falcons led 33-6 in the third quarter before the Rough Riders threatened late, but a 75-yard touchdown from Glenn sealed the victory.
“It feels great,” Buda said. “We’ve been working so hard and the boys have been busting their butts in the weight room and on the practice field.”
Salisbury sought its fourth consecutive championship in the annual Fountain Hill Stickball Classic this past weekend. The Falcons came up short on that coveted four-peat, but the 9th Annual Stickball Classic was once again a success.
MFS defeated Hillers in the championship game, 7-4, but the most important part of the tournament went beyond the Fountain Hill Park and Holy Child Parking Lot macadam.
Salisbury’s historic girls soccer season last fall began with a successful summer in 2016 when the Lady Falcons won the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League. Fast-forward a year and the Lady Falcons found themselves in that very same title game.
And while Salisbury came up a goal short of repeating as champions, the future looks just as bright as a year ago.
When Salisbury faced Lincoln Leadership in the regular season, the Falcons fell into an early double-digit deficit. They were able to climb out of that hole before coming up a couple points shy.
The two teams faced off once again in the summer league playoffs last week and the game had a start that looked eerily similar. Salisbury however, couldn’t climb out this time as No. 6 seed Lincoln Leadership downed the third-seeded Falcons, 47-25, last Wednesday at Cedar Beach. Justin Ayala scored a game-high 18 points for Lincoln Leadership in the victory.
Even at a young age, people could tell Caylin Meikrantz was destined for special things on the soccer field. It wasn’t only her parents, relatives and friends who noticed it first.
“I would watch my brother play on his travel team, so I would always be like, ‘When is it my turn,’” Meikrantz said. “I just remember I would play a year up when I was young. It’s funny because one time this woman said to my mom, ‘Your daughter is going to be a Division I player.’ My mom and dad didn’t know much about soccer. They just let me play.”