By Tyler Cramsey
The Salisbury Falcon boys soccer team’s season has officially came to an end. Their season ended early when they failed to make districts and leagues with a 4-8 league record. They were all expecting better this year and were disappointed not to get to the .500 winning percentage they needed to continue the season. Their .333 winning percentage was only good enough for 9th place in the colonial league. Out of their 4 wins only one of them was against a team with a winning record (Notre Dame G.P. 7-4-1). The other 3 (Northern Lehigh 0-12, Bangor 2-9-1, and Palmerton 3-9) had a combined .153 winning percentage.
Their season reached the peak excitement when they lost the first 3 games of the season just to come back and win the next 2 to bring it back to 2-3. After these two games the players started calling it “comeback season.” This was up until the point where they suffered their most disappointing loss against a 2-10 Catasauqua team 2-1. After this loss, the team finished the season 2-4 in their last 6 games.
The seniors: Patrick To, Diego Luna-Rivera, Josh Steckel, Sean Maehrer, Angel De-Anda, Prince Radande, and Brendan Miller all have played their last soccer game for Salisbury High School. The season was a disappointing one for all of them and they were upset to be done with Salisbury. Senior and four year Salisbury boys’ soccer player, Patrick To, had this to say about his ending to his high school career, “As a senior, it’s a really bittersweet ending. We’ve all spent so much time with this team, so while I’m happy to move on, I’m also sad to leave it behind. We played our last game as seniors at the middle school, which is where we started our careers at Salisbury, so it’s kind of like poetic justice.”
Players of the team have said they needed to rely heavily on their defense A.K.A. “The Iron Sheet.” This is because the depth upfront was not enough to outscore the other team every game. The chemistry was off up front very often and caused many problems leading to their losses. The defense that was supposed to be the bright spot of the season let up an average of 2.8 goals a game (34 goals in 12 games). While the seniors are disappointed that they ended their high school careers in a losing season and the season did not go as planned, many of the Juniors and underclassmen are still optimistic for the seasons ahead.