When Salisbury graduated its top three goal scorers from last year and saw 72 goals leave along with them, head coach Mark Allinson expected some struggles in the scoring department this season. But maybe not as much as the Falcons have experienced thus far.
Northwestern shut out Salisbury on its home field last week with a 3-0 victory, a game in which the Falcons generated just two shots on goal.
There’s no arguing that Salisbury had its chances to win Friday night’s game against Bangor. If not for a couple of failed conversions in the red zone, the outcome could have been different.
However, Falcon head coach Andy Cerco understands the likelihood of winning with those circumstances isn’t in Salisbury’s favor. And that’s exactly what happened.
Coming off its district runner-up season last fall, the Salisbury girls soccer team has turned the page to open this season just as impressively as the last one ended.
In the midst of the competitive District Class 2A ranks, the Lady Falcons (7-3) currently sit in third place after an 8-0 route of Catasauqua on Monday evening. That win marked Salisbury’s third Colonial League victory in a row after a tough 1-0 loss to Palisades last week.
When Salisbury and Notre Dame (Green Pond) met in a mid-season matchup last season, no one gave the Falcons any chance against the heavily favored Crusaders. But head coach Andy Cerco and the Falcons were optimistic.
While Salisbury eventually did come up short of pulling off the upset, it showed that the Falcons were capable of winning on any given night. Many of this season’s players were part of that team and are eager for another shot at the Crusaders as the Falcons (2-2) travel to Green Pond on Friday night.
Head coach Andy Cero and Salisbury’s coaching staff prepared for a particular defensive front for Friday’s home opener against Wilson. So when they saw a different scheme, the Falcons were a bit confused to open the game.
After tying the game at 7-7, Salisbury could not get anything going offensively. Wilson (2-1) scored the next 21 points to hand the Falcons (2-1) a 28-7 loss, their first defeat of the season.
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.