Salisbury’s Vivian Rogers had little trouble advancing to the championship match at No. 2 singles of the Colonial League Tournament last week. But standing in the senior’s way was an opponent she had little success against in the regular season.
It turns out that didn’t matter one bit to Rogers. In an eight-game pro set match, the second-seeded Rogers defeated No. 1 seed Michelle Li of Southern Lehigh (8-3). It was Rogers’ first win in three matches against Li, and it couldn’t have come at a more rewarding time.
Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.
The last time that Salisbury went to Northwestern and returned with a win in girls soccer, most of the current players were barely walking. Some of them may not have even been born.
That’s how long Rich Babyak believes it’s been that his team has struggled to win in New Tripoli.
“I have to double check the statistics, but they’re telling me it’s been 15 years since we’ve won on this field, and that could be,” said Babyak. “We don’t often beat Northwestern at all, let alone on this field, so it’s a good win and we needed it too.
Alex Suter had hoped to shoot closer to his season average at Monday’s Colonial League Golf Championship. But the Salisbury senior can’t be too disappointed with a score that was eight strokes better than he had in his first trip to the league tournament.
“It was OK,” Suter. “It wasn’t the best, wasn’t the worst. I shot better than last year, but I’m not too happy with it.
“Putting was good. Chipping was good. Drives were good. Longer irons hurt me today.”
Over the past two weeks the Emmaus football team got rid of the sour taste in its mouth after two straight losses.
Games against Pocono Mountain West and Northampton were the cures to an early losing skid. After two wins by an average of over 42 points, the Green Hornets (3-2 overall, 1-2 EPC South) will be tested on Friday night.
“The kids are feeling confident but they’re not satisfied,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “We know the back half of our schedule does not allow for any letdowns. And the first test is Friday against a good, hungry Freedom team.”
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.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
For the most part, the Salisbury field hockey team has beaten the opponents that its supposed to, but suffered losses to the teams that are among the top contenders in the Colonial League and District 11.
The Falcons have battled every step of the way, in every game. While Southern Lehigh beat the Lady Falcons 8-1, the other three losses Salisbury has suffered this season have been by a combined three goals.
Nowhere was the team’s willingness to battle more evident than Saturday night when it hosted Northwestern.
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.