The Salisbury golf team had its eyes set on the Colonial League Golf Championships before the season got underway.
Friday's win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) cemented the Falcons (8-5 in Colonial League) as one of four teams to fight for that league championship on Wednesday at Bethlehem Golf Club. The Falcons are the No. 3 team, with Moravian Academy (12-0) and Southern Lehigh (11-1) entering as division leaders.
The Salisbury football team started last season with a bang, downing Bangor in the season opener by a final score of 41-27.
When the Falcons (1-2) travel to Bangor (1-2) on Friday a little more than a year later, they'll have a chance to accomplish something they have yet to do since head coach Andy Cerco took over win consecutive games.
Last week's win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) put the Falcons in the win column after starting off 0-2. They'll look to keep the momentum going and improve to .500 against the Slaters.
Salisbury hadn't lived up to its motto of "Finish" in its first two games.
On Friday night against Notre Dame-Green Pond, they did.
The Falcons (1-2) rushed for 297 yards, 112 of which came from running back Shane Wittman, as the team earned its first win of the season, 27-13, against the Crusaders (0-3) at Notre Dame High School in Green Pond.
After holding a late lead against Saucon Valley in the season opener, and just a week removed from sticking with Palisades for the entire first half, the Falcons put together a complete game for the first time all season.
Victories over Palisades (2-0) and Notre Dame-Green Pond (6-2) put Salisbury at 2-0 after one week of play in the Colonial League girls' soccer season.
Minutes into Monday's league game against Catasauqua, there was little doubt that the Lady Falcons would start the week with another victory and remain unbeaten in conference play.
Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco is fully aware that his team had a chance to win both games to begin the season.
Coming off of a three-point loss to Saucon Valley to open the season, the Falcons were right with last season's District 11 Class AA runner-up Palisades at the half, trailing 13-12 as intermission hit.
But in what has been a season full of inconsistency, it was a turnover-plagued second half that ultimately handed the Pirates their first victory of 2014.
The first two weeks of the Colonial League football season have posed more questions for Salisbury than they has provided answers.
There have been plenty of ups and downs for the Falcons thus far, and the main question that has surfaced is: What Salisbury team will show up moving forward?
Will it be the team that went toe-to-toe with Palisades last week for the entire first half? That same effort was seen in the second half against Saucon Valley in Week 1 when Salisbury erased a 33-7 third-quarter deficit to lead late.
The Salisbury field hockey team got a goal from newcomer Lindsay Bauer in the first half that tied the Lady Falcons' season opener 1-1 at intermission.
Despite that goal midway through the first half, the Lady Falcons struggled to maintain an even balance in ball possession against Northwestern.
Perhaps the best formula for any team is that perfect mix of youth and experience that not only bodes well for the present, but forecasts a bright future as well.
Gifted with 15 seniors and a number of underclassmen, the Salisbury boys' soccer team may have something that resembles that coveted balance.
Perhaps it was merely Salisbury's game plan finally coming to fruition.
Or maybe it was a boost of adrenaline the Falcons got after watching one of their players suffer an injury early in the second half that resulted in him being taken off on a stretcher.
Maybe it was a combination of both that helped turn around the Falcons' season opening game after trailing 33-7 early in the third quarter.
Saucon Valley just missed out on last season's District 11 football playoffs, finishing 7-3 in league play.
But that didn't stop the Panthers from capping off a successful season with an Eastern Conference Class AAA championship as the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
On Friday night, Salisbury will kick off the 2014 season against those Panthers at Saucon Valley High School's Illick Stadium at 7 p.m.