The 2016 season got off to a great start for the Salisbury field hockey team. In the opener, the Lady Falcons earned a 3-2 overtime victory against Bethlehem Catholic thanks to two goals by Isabella Martinez, including the game-winner in overtime.
But since that Sept. 3 contest on the Lady Falcons’ home turf, goals have been hard to come by for Salisbury. The Lady Falcons were held scoreless in their next three games, all Colonial League contests, to fall to 1-3 on the young season.
Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bethlehem Catholic was a familiar sight for the Salisbury boys’ soccer team through four games. That win over the Golden Hawks was the Falcons’ third shutout victory in four matches to open their fall campaign.
It goes without saying that the defense has clearly done it’s part through mid-September. Salisbury has allowed just one goal in 320 minutes of action. That goal came against Pen Argyl last week in a 9-1 win, Salisbury’s first and only Colonial League match through Saturday.
The blueprint of success for the Salisbury football team was on full display during last weekend’s victory over Wilson. The Falcons ran 51 plays from scrimmage in the 31-21 win. Forty-nine of those were running plays.
It’s no secret that’s what Salisbury wants to do on offense. Their opponent on the this Friday night will take a similar approach in the ground game.
Sometimes even 100 minutes of play isn’t enough time to declare a winner on the pitch. Sometimes it’s not even enough to see either team score a goal.
That’s the position the Salisbury girls’ soccer team found itself in over the weekend as it hosted Minersville in a nonleague matchup. Despite out-shooting Minersville 20-10, both teams were held without a goal, leading to an 0-0 draw after two overtime sessions on Saturday at Salisbury High School.
Even without being at full strength for the beginning of the season, the Salisbury girls’ tennis team has gotten off to a solid start. The Lady Falcons even had to do it on the fly.
Missing No. 2 singles player Claudia Crouthamel for their first three matches due to an illness, head coach Rob Benson had to adjust his lineup through the first six matches. And the changes have certainly played in the Lady Falcons’ favor.
The Salisbury boys soccer team didn’t have many losses last fall. The Falcons went an impressive 9-3 in Colonial League play in 2015. But it was one of their biggest rivals that had the final word when it mattered most.
Northwestern went 12-0 in league play a year ago. It was that same Tiger team that ended Salisbury’s run in the Colonial League tournament (2-0 in the semifinals) and the District 11 Class 2A playoffs (2-0 win in the championship game).
Rewind to last year’s season finale in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals, the first time Salisbury qualified for the tournament in nearly a decade. It was Northwestern that was responsible for ending the Falcons’ historic season.
Fast-forward to Friday night and Salisbury and Northwestern will square off for the first time since last November’s postseason showdown. The Falcons are hoping the results are a bit different than the 27-14 defeat a year ago.
The 2016 Salisbury football team was eager to show what this year’s squad had in store after last year’s Falcons put together a historic season.
It didn’t take long for the Salisbury crowd to get a glimpse of what this year’s group is capable of.
The expectations are high for the Salisbury girls’ soccer team for this fall season. And rightfully so.
While the Lady Falcons did graduate plenty of talent from their 2015 defensive unit, Salisbury believes it has the firepower to reach even bigger heights after qualifying for the district tournament last year. The Lady Falcons will get a decent gauge on those aspirations in the upcoming weeks with their regular season beginning on Sept. 2 against Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.
Several former Salisbury High School athletes will be competing on college athletic teams this fall.