Playing hard until the game's final whistle is a phrase that is used often in sports.
But for the Salisbury football team, that statement has certainly been true throughout all 10 of the Falcons' games this season.
While Friday's 56-7 loss to Southern Lehigh in the regular season finale put the Falcons at 2-8 on the season, they continued playing until the end, like they have been all season.
For two days of practice prior to the team's District 11 first-round game, Salisbury girls soccer goal keepers Jordan Kamp and Shannon Pennella faced hundreds of penalty kicks.
Little did anyone know the type of impact those sessions would have for a defense that has been one of the team's most consistent units all season.
The rest is history. That preparation gave Kamp an edge in the team's penalty kick shootout against Palisades in which she saved all three of the Pirates' shots.
During Friday night's contest against Notre Dame-Green Pond, the Salisbury football team remained within striking distance for much of the first half.
However, the Falcons struggled to close out the first half and put together a consistent showing in the final two quarters. That's been a struggle for the Falcons throughout the season.
After trailing by 11 points midway through the second quarter, the Crusaders went on to score the final 21 points to secure the 41-9 victory on Friday night at Salisbury High School.
It's hard to believe, but the Salisbury football season is nearing its end.
For a season that began in late September against Bangor, the Falcons will suit up one last time for the 2013 campaign on Friday night.
While the team is looking to end the season on a high note, the Falcons (2-7) will travel to play one of the league's top squads in Southern Lehigh (8-1). The Spartans' only loss came against Catasauqua in the second week of the season, and they've reeled off seven consecutive victories to sit atop the Colonial League South Division.
If people weren't familiar with Salisbury freshman Ethan Heydt heading into last week's District 11 Class AA boys soccer quarterfinals against Blue Mountain, they sure know who he is now.
Heydt tallied three goals for the No. 4 seeded Falcons during their 5-0 victory over the No. 5 seeded Eagles of the Schuylkill League last Thursday evening at Salisbury High School.
Heading into the cross country season, Salisbury head coach Doug Hensinger was unsure when Kyle Gonoude, who was battling a calf injury, would be able to start running again.
After missing the regular season's first meet, Gonoude put that injury behind him in a big way.
During last week's District 11 Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Golf Club, Gonoude found himself at the top of the Class AA competition.
During last week's District 11 Class AA girls soccer first-round matchup against Palisades, Salisbury trailed 1-0 for roughly half of the first half and nearly the entire second half.
With under three minutes to play, the Falcons remained down by a goal. Their season was on the verge of ending earlier than they wanted it to.
The Falcons, however, still had some fight left and weren't ready to let the season end on their home turf.
Q. What grade are you currently in?
Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?
A. That's a tough question. Personally, I think it has to be tied between history and my media class. I've always loved learning about human culture. However, my media class is also one of my favorite classes because I love being creative and running our school's news show. I'm thinking about going into graphic design, so this class is valuable to me.
Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?
Following one of the team's most complete games of the season, the Salisbury football team is looking to build off this past weekend's win over Wilson.
The Falcons (2-6) will look to capture their second consecutive victory when they host Notre Dame-Green Pond (3-5) on Friday night at Salisbury High School.
When the 2013 District 11 Class AA soccer tournaments get underway this week, both the Salisbury boys and girls soccer teams will be fighting for a championship.
The brackets were listed on the District 11 website on Sunday.
The girls' tournament kicks off on Wednesday. The Falcons find themselves in a very similar situation to last season.