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).
The recipe for a letdown was there.
On a field that Salisbury hasn’t won on in quite some time, the Falcons watched their early one-goal lead disappear when Moravian Academy scored with just over five minutes to play. Not only did that force overtime, but the momentum had suddenly swung to the Lions’ side.
Salisbury and Northwestern battled back-and-forth Friday night at Tiger Stadium, with both teams taking advantage of some opportunities and missing others. The end result was a 30-21 Northwestern win.
Falling behind by 14 points early in Saturday’s game at Pen Argyl wasn’t part of Salisbury’s plan.
But plans change quickly in high school football games. The Falcons remained calm despite the adversity and quickly turned the game around. By halftime they pulled into a tie. When the final horn sounded, Salisbury celebrated a 35-14 win and a 3-2 record at the halfway point of the season.
Salisbury’s defense kept Northwestern out of the cage for over 20 minutes of play in Thursday’s Colonial League field hockey meeting with the Tigers.
But in a matter of just 54 seconds, Northwestern scored two goals for a 2-0 lead going into halftime. That all but closed the doors against the Falcons (3-11 overall, 2-10 in Colonial League), as the Tigers (6-6-1, 6-4-1) added two more goals in the second half in their 4-0 victory at Salisbury High School.