Back on September 7, the Salisbury girls’ tennis team lost a close 3-2 decision against Saucon Valley. Falcon head coach Rob Benson believed at the time that his team was more than capable of defeating the Panthers.
Nearly two weeks later, the Falcons were able to get some revenge. Salisbury (8-6 overall; 5-5 in Colonial League) was on the other end of a 3-2 decision this time around when it defeated Saucon Valley on Friday evening on its home courts.
This is head coach Mark Allinson’s 25th season leading the Salisbury boys’ soccer team. The Falcons entered this season more or less like many others—with a solid 30 or so players on the roster.
But the 2019 season has turned out to be unlike any other during Allinson’s tenure. With the midpoint of the season behind Salisbury, Allinson is now without eight starters for a Falcon team that has won just two games this fall.
From one extreme to the next, the Salisbury defense is tasked with focusing on a whole new game plan this week when the Falcons (3-2) travel to Catasauqua to take on the winless Rough Riders on Friday night.
After spending a week preparing for Notre Dame’s quick-throw spread aerial offense, Catasauqua presents a new set of challenges. The Rough Riders’ triple-option offense is a type of offense that the Falcons have not seen in 2019.
Salisbury senior Olivia Hoeing faced a health scare last winter that forced her to miss the entire basketball season. She was able to return to club soccer for Parkland Area Soccer Club around March.
But now she’s back on the field wearing her true blue and white colors, leading the Lady Falcons to a stellar fall season on the pitch. She scored a goal and assisted on another in Salisbury’s 4-0 win over Palmerton over the weekend.
Last week’s matchup in the trenches was undoubtedly a difficult challenge for Salisbury. But Week 5 might present an even tougher encounter for the Falcon football team.
The Falcons return home for their third home game of the season at Salisbury High School, but will have to deal with the big offensive and defensive lines from Notre Dame (Green Pond). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night, which will be another game in which proceeds will be raised for pediatric cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Shane Artis wasn’t pleased with his first two regular season meets this cross country season. But the Salisbury senior and two-time state qualifier ran the kind of race he was looking for Saturday at the DeSales University Centaur Invitational.
Artis took fourth place out over 200 boys runners from more than 30 schools. He ran his best time of the season at 16:38.
“Overall performance felt pretty good,” he said. “The previous two meets I didn’t run so well. I did like 17 minutes. I got 16:38 (at DeSales), so that’s a big improvement.”
Saucon Valley ran the ball on 45 of its 47 offensive plays last Thursday night. And Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco knew heading into the game that would likely be the case.
The only problem was the Falcons couldn’t find an answer for the Panthers’ ground game.
Saucon Valley (3-1) ran for 444 yards and averaged over nine yards per carry in its 41-22 victory over Salisbury last week on the Panthers’ home field. Both of the Panthers’ passes were incomplete.
A week after seemingly everything went against Salisbury during last week’s game, the Falcons will look to get back on track in Week 3 when they return home to host Wilson (1-1).
In the Falcons’ 38-17 loss to Northwestern last Thursday, Salisbury committed 15 penalties for 120 yards, and lost starting quarterback Trey Weber on the first series due to injury.
With a long week of preparation underway, Salisbury hopes to get back in the win column when the Warriors visit for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday night.
Unlike in the season-opening 5-0 victory last Friday at Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg), the Salisbury girls soccer team was forced to play from behind as it was down 1-0 at halftime.
The Falcons (2-0 overall) responded by scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to take down Minersville 3-1 last Saturday afternoon in a nonconference game at Salisbury High School.
When starting quarterback Trey Weber went down with an injury on the fourth play of the game, the air seemed to go out of the Salisbury Falcons side of the field last Thursday night. But when backup Quintin Stephens came in and rolled off the game plan to near perfection, he reinflated the Salisbury offense and finished with a big night passing.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, Northwestern used the momentum of opening its new turf field to take a 38-17 decision over the Falcons, who fell to 1-1 on the season.