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.
With the end of the regular season right around the corner, teams are hoping to be playing their best football in late October and early November in preparation for potential postseason runs.
Following two pivotal wins in consecutive weeks, both coming in vastly different ways, Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco believes the Falcons are playing some of their best football. He understands it’s equally important to keep that play trending in a positive direction.
By the time the postseason rolls around, runners generally hit the prime of their seasons and run their best times. Unfortunately for Emmaus senior Katie Bacher, she’s run into some roadblocks at that point in the past two seasons.
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.