Kyle Gonoude may no longer be sporting Salisbury’s blue and white while leading packs of high school runners on cross country courses. But the DeSales University freshman is still having an impact on the Falcons’ runners.
Perhaps none more than current Salisbury senior Joseph Fainor.
Even after Salisbury’s statement win over Northern Lehigh nearly two weeks ago, there were rumblings of a possible trap game last week. A potential letdown seemed to be the topic of conversation heading into Friday’s game against a Catasauqua team that won just one game.
But the Falcons quickly disposed of those talks early and with an emphatic showing.
When the Northwestern boys soccer team suffered its only loss of the season recently to Salisbury in a nonleague contest, Tiger head coach Nate Hunsicker hoped it would give his team a shot in the arm for the postseason.
There was no doubt it did as J.D. Haaf scored two first half goals and the defense did the rest in handing the Falcons a 2-0 loss in a Colonial League semifinal played at Northern Lehigh.
“The loss to them definitely motivated us,” said Hunsicker. “It certainly would have been nice to go 18-0, but 17-1 is nothing to sneeze at either.
Head coach Andy Cerco called last week’s win over Northern Lehigh “a pretty significant win for our program.”
But last week is now in the rear view mirror, and Salisbury is looking out of the windshield against the task at hand.
The Falcons (4-3) look to build on their district playoff aspirations with a meeting against Catasauqua (1-6) on Friday night at the Rough Riders’ Alumni Field.
Salisbury’s Caylin Meikrantz isn’t one to wear her emotions on her sleeve. She’s humble, modest and low-key, even when it comes to her play on the soccer field.
If it wasn’t for an announcement, you might not even know the junior had recently broke the Salisbury girls soccer team’s career assists record. That’s just the way she is, and she’s perfectly fine with it.
Fireworks were blasted outside of Salisbury High School Stadium following Friday night’s football game against Northern Lehigh.
But the biggest explosion came inside the stadium in the form of a 5-10, 170-pound frame.
Devin Irwin benefited on two of Northern Lehigh’s five turnovers, returning two fumbles for touchdowns and adding the go-ahead 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal Salisbury’s 39-29 win. The victory boosts the Falcons (4-3) ahead of the Bulldogs (4-3) and into the No. 3 position in the latest District 11 Class AA power rankings.
Each postseason keeps getting better for the Salisbury doubles tennis tandem of Leandra Roelker and Claudia Crouthamel.
As freshmen in 2013, the duo won one match in their first appearance at the District 11 Class AA doubles tournament.
Last season, as sophomores, the won two matches to reach the tournament’s second day and the quarterfinal round.
This year, they kept up the progress by reaching the semifinals last Friday at Saucon Valley High School.
Judging how the regular season played out, it’s likely the road to a Colonial League boys soccer championship will go through Northwestern.
Salisbury will get its chance sooner rather than later when the league tournament begins on Tuesday and the two teams square off at Northern Lehigh High School. Results from that semifinals matchup were not available at time of press.
It was simple. A win for the Salisbury girls soccer team and its ticket to the Colonial League tournament would be punched.
Salisbury entered the regular season finale against Southern Lehigh a game behind those Spartans in the win column. A victory would even the squads with identical 9-3 records in the league, with the Falcons holding the head-to-head tiebreaker for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Southern Lehigh had other plans.
At this point in the season, every game is an important one when it comes down to postseason aspirations.
But for Salisbury, now 3-3 after last week’s 30-21 loss to Northwestern, none might be more crucial than Friday night’s tilt against visiting Northern Lehigh (4-2).