The last time the Salisbury girls’ soccer team qualified for the Colonial League playoffs was back in 2016 as the fourth and final seed.
Since then, the Colonial League expanded its playoff format to six teams beginning this fall. The Lady Falcons (12-4 overall; 9-2 in Colonial League) will be returning to that stage in 2019, and they wouldn’t have even needed the expanded tournament to do so.
Fresh off its two-game winning streak, Salisbury shifts its focus to Northern Lehigh in Week 7 when the Bulldogs visit for Homecoming Night. It’s a chance for the Falcons to build on their 4-2 start.
Northern Lehigh (3-3) is led by a three-headed monster at the running back position. White Matt Frame leads the way with a team-best 423 yards on 56 carries to go with two touchdowns, Mike Repsher (44 carries for 240 yards) and Joe Abidelli (41 carries for 208 yards) are both averaging over five yards per carry. Abidelli leads Northern Lehigh with four rushing touchdowns.
Injuries have been the underlying theme for the Salisbury boys’ soccer team this season. And while head coach Mark Allinson welcomed back two starters on Saturday against Saucon Valley, the Falcons struggled to keep up with last year’s District 11 Class 3A champions.
Saucon Valley scored five goals in the first half en route to a 6-0 win on its home field over the Falcons (2-10 overall, 2-7 in Colonial League). The Panthers (7-4, 7-2) currently sit third in the Colonial League standings, and the win capped a brief two-game losing skid.
Salisbury looked at its Week 6 game against Catasauqua like a business trip. And the Falcons certainly took care of their job early and often.
Senior Timmy Buda accounted for four touchdowns (two receiving and two rushing) as Salisbury shut out Catasauqua on Friday night, 34-0. The Falcons (4-2) held a 25-0 lead at halftime before they were able to start substituting a number of JV players midway through the third quarter.
Not many people gave Salisbury a chance when the Falcons hosted Notre Dame (Green Pond) last Friday night. But the Falcons believed in themselves, and that’s all that mattered.
Salisbury (3-2) held the Crusaders’ high-powered offense in check, allowing just seven points through three quarters, and defeated Notre Dame, 23-21, on Salisbury’s home turf.
Back on September 7, the Salisbury girls’ tennis team lost a close 3-2 decision against Saucon Valley. Falcon head coach Rob Benson believed at the time that his team was more than capable of defeating the Panthers.
Nearly two weeks later, the Falcons were able to get some revenge. Salisbury (8-6 overall; 5-5 in Colonial League) was on the other end of a 3-2 decision this time around when it defeated Saucon Valley on Friday evening on its home courts.
This is head coach Mark Allinson’s 25th season leading the Salisbury boys’ soccer team. The Falcons entered this season more or less like many others—with a solid 30 or so players on the roster.
But the 2019 season has turned out to be unlike any other during Allinson’s tenure. With the midpoint of the season behind Salisbury, Allinson is now without eight starters for a Falcon team that has won just two games this fall.
From one extreme to the next, the Salisbury defense is tasked with focusing on a whole new game plan this week when the Falcons (3-2) travel to Catasauqua to take on the winless Rough Riders on Friday night.
After spending a week preparing for Notre Dame’s quick-throw spread aerial offense, Catasauqua presents a new set of challenges. The Rough Riders’ triple-option offense is a type of offense that the Falcons have not seen in 2019.
Salisbury senior Olivia Hoeing faced a health scare last winter that forced her to miss the entire basketball season. She was able to return to club soccer for Parkland Area Soccer Club around March.
But now she’s back on the field wearing her true blue and white colors, leading the Lady Falcons to a stellar fall season on the pitch. She scored a goal and assisted on another in Salisbury’s 4-0 win over Palmerton over the weekend.
Last week’s matchup in the trenches was undoubtedly a difficult challenge for Salisbury. But Week 5 might present an even tougher encounter for the Falcon football team.
The Falcons return home for their third home game of the season at Salisbury High School, but will have to deal with the big offensive and defensive lines from Notre Dame (Green Pond). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night, which will be another game in which proceeds will be raised for pediatric cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.