When it comes down to the end of the season, Salisbury might look back at having one of the toughest starts to 2015.
The Falcons weren’t dealt any favors opening against Saucon Valley, a tri-champion in the Colonial League last year, in Week 1. Two weeks later they hosted a Notre Dame (Green Pond) squad that’s also one of the league favorites.
While Salisbury did show signs of optimism and spurts of success in both games, both ended with tallies in the loss column.
Fresh off one of their most convincing victories in the Andy Cerco era, Salisbury is looking to take another step forward this season.
Last week’s 41-2 win over Palisades was tied for the highest margin of victory a Salisbury team has seen in the last three-plus years. The Falcons defeated Catasauqua 49-10 last year, but last week’s showing against the Pirates is what Cerco has been looking for from his squad.
You don’t have to veer too much from last year’s meeting with Palisades to know just how much of an impact turnovers can have in halting a team’s momentum.
Rewind to last September and Salisbury trailed Palisades by just a point heading into halftime, 13-12. But over the final 24 minutes, the Falcons committed three turnovers that helped the Pirates run away with a 33-12 victory.
After holding Saucon Valley to just two yards and a three-and-out on the Panthers’ first offensive possession deep in their own territory, Devin Irwin’s punt return positioned Salisbury with a prime opportunity on their second series.
While a first down at the Panthers’ 11-yard line put the Falcons in a promising scoring position early, they couldn’t take advantage of that gift.
When freshman Rylee Donaldson was given the opportunity, she took advantage of it.
In the center midfielder’s first varsity game of her career, Donaldson exploded with four goals in the Lady Falcons’ 6-1 victory over Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg) on Friday. She was one of three goal-scorers, along with Cait Hoenig and Erica Holben, to register tallies in Salisbury’s season-opener.
After a pair of deflating losses in Games 3 and 4 of their Blue Mountain League semifinals matchup against Northampton, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie knew two things: The Bulls needed a quick start and their bats needed to come alive in Game 5.
Limeport scored 15 runs in Games 1 and 2 of that series to take a quick 2-0 lead. But the bats seemed to disappear after Northampton evened the series up at two games apiece and held the Bulls to just one run.
Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The Union held a press conference announcing it will continue its player development structure by launching its own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
Jake Hebert's story is a unique one.
Hebert, one of a handful of talented pitchers on the Northern Yankees' staff, grew up in Missouri and later attended his early collegiate years in Illinois. Just last November, Hebert moved to the Macungie area and transfered to Lehigh Carbon Community College where he plays baseball in the spring.
On Sunday night, Hebert brought the Yankees one step closer to their first Blue Mountain League title after experiencing plenty of success in the Tri-County League.
The Cooperman family has a successful tradition of baseball.
Casey, the oldest of three brothers, just finished a successful collegiate season at Bloomsburg University. Tyler is right in the middle of his journey at DeSales Unversity. And Chad just finished his junior season at Salisbury High School where the Falcons finished a game shy of reaching the district championship. All three share one thing in common success on the pitching mound.
Just a week ago, it looked as if the road to another championship appearance in the Blue Mountain League would be easy for Limeport.
The Bulls, who finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs at 25-11, quickly built a 2-0 series lead against the Northampton Giants. A pitching spectacle from ace Adam Maini in Game 1 led to an 8-0 win. A 7-5 victory the next day brought the Bulls within one win of their fourth championship appearance in six years.