The Salisbury girls' soccer team may have not played its best game Mondays in a 3-1 victory over Pleasant Valley, but the stretch the Lady Falcons are in the middle of a quite impressive stretch.
Following a 2-2 tie against Saucon Valley, which currently is 8-0-1 in the Colonial League, the Lady Falcons reeled off three straight nonleague victories against Wilkes-Barre Meyers (9-0), Fleetwood (2-1) and Pleasant Valley.
Riding a three-game winning streak has given Salisbury confidence as the midway point of the season arrives.
But the Falcons' high wave of success will be tested on Friday when they host Northwestern (5-0), the lone remaining unbeaten team in the Colonial League. The Tigers have had plenty of success themselves, winning their five contests by an average of 33.8 points. Last week, the Tigers handed Saucon Valley its first loss with a 39-14 victory.
Following Tuesday's meet at Palmerton High School, the fifth of the Colonial League season, one regular season cross country meet remains for each of the league's teams before the postseason stretch begins in mid-October.
The Salisbury cross country teams are using the final meets of the season, including Saturday's Paul Short Run at Lehigh University, to polish their fundamentals in hopes of peaking at the right time.
And across the board, the Salisbury boys and girls teams are cutting seconds off their times with the Colonial League meet just a mere two weeks away.
Salisbury couldn't have asked for a better start during last week's contest against Northwestern.
Without one of their top goal scorers in Connor Wagner, and facing unbeaten Northwestern on their home turf, a quick start is one that played in favor of the Falcons.
Salisbury jumped on the Tigers early after Danny Walters' score from Levi Renninger 1:08 into regulation gave Salisbury a 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last for long, however.
Wins and losses are why teams play the game.
And while head coach Meredith Makoul would have hoped for a better start than the Salisbury field hockey team has put together, she had much more in mind in her first season with the squad.
The Lady Falcons, now 0-8 in the Colonial League, may have yet to crack the win column, but they've improved in a number of areas since the first day of practices. For Makoul, she's seen that maturity since taking over.
Last week's matchup against Northwestern certainly wouldn't decide Salisbury's fate in the Colonial League girls' soccer landscape.
But that meeting would undoubtedly be a solid measuring stick of how the Lady Falcons matched up with one of the conference's best, a height Salisbury is looking to reach as well.
And for the opening 40 minutes, the Lady Falcons put together an effort that showed they could compete with anyone in the league. The final 40 minutes, however, was a slightly different story.
After hitting the road for three of their first four games of 2014, Salisbury will be back in the confines of their own place in Week 5 of the Colonial League football schedule.
The Falcons return home riding a two-game win streak, and will look to make it three in a row against winless Pen Argyl on Friday night. But while the Green Knights, have yet to get into the win column this season, records might as well be thrown out heading into this matchup.
Salisbury's offense wasn't anything to slouch at through their first three games.
The Falcons put up 36 points (29 in the second half) against Saucon Valley in the opening week. They scored 27 at Notre Dame (Green Pond) two weeks later.
But the Falcons' offensive performance in Week 4 was one of their best under head coach Andy Cerco. And it's sure to capture attention across the Colonial League football landscape.
Salisbury capped its best Colonial League golf season in years by placing two players in the top 10 at the league championship tournament, held last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Jack Bonge took fifth place while Kody Long finished seventh. Teammate Brendan Rechinbach finished tied for 16th.
Bonge shot an 80 and tied for fourth place before falling in a playoff with Moravian Academy's Christian Haldeman.
"I could have done better," said Bonge after his round. "I left a few strokes out there.
The Salisbury girls tennis team may be 2-12 on the season with one win in the Colonial League, but there's more behind their run thus far in 2014.
The Lady Falcons could very well be hovering around the .500 mark in conference play had a few matches gone in their favor.
On four different occasions, the Lady Falcons lost matches by a 3-2 final score. Most recently it was a 3-2 defeat to Wilson exactly one week ago. Since then, the Lady Falcons dropped back-to-back matches to two of the Colonial League's top squads: Moravian Academy (5-0) and Palisades (4-1).