Salisbury did all it could last week to bottle up Northwestern’s JD Haaf. But the Tigers’ top goal-scorer made the most of few opportunities to lead his to a 2-0 win in the District 11 Class AA boys soccer final.
“We try and deny him the ball but he’s a little more deceptive than he looks,” said Salisbury head coach Mark Allinson. “He’s the complete package.
Zack Stortini was one of the more popular members of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms inaugural team last season, but he wound up signing with the Binghamton Senators during the offseason. Sunday night was his first trip to Allentown as a visiting player and he chose the occasion to put one of the new members of the Phantoms to a test. Just as the opening puck was dropped, Stortini went after AHL rookie Tyrell Goulbourne, who is four-inches and 15-pounds smaller than the AHL veteran.
It proved to be a bad idea.
Even before Salisbury played a game, the writing was on the wall. The Falcons knew wanted to accomplish in 2015.
“We want to get to district finals,” said quarterback Tevon Weber prior to the season.
Whether or not people took that claim seriously in August or not is one thing. But now the Salisbury faithful can do nothing but believe.
When head coach Rick Babyak took over the girls’ soccer program, the current group of seniors was entering its first season on the high school varsity team. That journey officially came to an end last week for Babyak and that group of senior Falcons.
Just over the mountain and a few miles south on Route 309 resides one of Salisbury’s biggest rivals.
When Southern Lehigh (7-2) hosts the Falcons (6-3) on Friday night in their regular season finale, there’s more on the line than just another Colonial League win, although that’s how the Falcons will approach it.
There’s a chance to leapfrog those Spartans for the No. 2 spot in the West Division. And there’s an opportunity for Salisbury to regain possession of the prized trophy of the traditional helmet.
Bethlehem Steel conjures memories for many people throughout the Lehigh Valley and the Philadelphia Union thought it was the perfect representation for their new USL franchise in Bethlehem.
At a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon at SteelStacks, the franchise was officially named Bethlehem Steel FC as they head into their inaugural season this spring.
Salisbury junior James Hadinger was inches away from tying the game at a goal apiece on a header in the first 10 minutes of the second half. His header, unfortunately, hit the left post of Saucon Valley’s goal and was eventually booted out of harms way.
When Hadinger found himself in prime position not even a minute later for another equalizing goal, he didn’t let it go to waste.
If you thought the District 11 football playoffs were going to be a bit clearer heading into week 10, think again.
While the 1A and 2A scenarios seem to be a bit more cut and dry, 3A and 4A have plenty of narratives heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Here what’s we know in each of the four classifications.
It’s not set in concrete just yet, but Friday’s win moved Salisbury closer to its first district football playoff appearance since 2009.
And the Falcons did it in an emphatic manner, even if there was a bit of a slow start for the Falcons.
All things must come to an end. For the Salisbury boys and girls cross country teams, their 2015 season came to a close last week.
For the first season in quite some time, head coach Doug Hensinger won’t be making the trip to Hershey to watch any Falcons compete in the annual PIAA Cross Country Championships. But despite that void, the Falcons endured a successful season which ended with last Wednesday’s district meet.