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Falcons look for strong finish

The Salisbury High School boys soccer team’s overall record is not indicative of how it has played for most of the 2022 regular season. The Falcons (4-7 overall) have four losses by just one goal and have been competitive in most of their games.

Last week, Salisbury fell by a goal, 4-3 at Pen Argyl, and then had its highest-scoring game of the season two days later, defeating Northern Lehigh 5-0.

Head coach Mark Allinson likes what he saw out of his team last week.

“We played some of our best soccer to date in the second half of the match at Pen Argyl,” said Allinson. “We played with lots of energy and fought back from being three goals down. I would hope the carryover from that game helped fuel the shutout over Northern Lehigh on our senior night (eight goals the past game and a half). I’d be amiss not to mention that our defense those past game and a half has been quite stingy as well playing with a revamped line due to various issues.”

Even with their record to date, the Falcons still have a lot to play for, including qualifying for the District 11 tournament. Allinson knows what his team can do.

“Our record does not quite tell the whole story of our season,” Allinson said. “We have been competitive in most games (four games lost by a goal), and we have had opportunities to win those games but just could not convert. We need to find a way the remainder of the season to capitalize on those opportunities.”

There have been a couple of players that have contributed on either side of the field that Allinson has been happy to see.

“Blaine Berger has been a standout for us in goal,” said Allinson. “He has kept us in many ball games. Our forwards Alejandro Zuniga Garcia and Jack Monahan are starting to find one another. Noah Kichline has been a presence in midfield. Josh Hudak has been playing a variety of roles well and our defenders, particularly Gavin Berger and Jacob Knerr have stepped up and battled.”

Salisbury has a Colonial League game against Palisades, along with nonconference games against Lincoln Leadership and Tamaqua this week.

Salisbury's Alejandro Zuniga-Garcia controls the ball during a recent win over Catasauqua.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA ROTHROCK Noah Kichline gets by a Catasauqua defender during a recent win over the Rough Riders.