Bittersweet Ending for Antonini, Men's SoccerSaturday, October 27, 2012 - page 4
Although the Mules knocked off Ursinus, 5-1, they were eliminated from the Centennial Conference playoffs a few hours later when Johns Hopkins defeated Washington College 2-0 to push them out of the fifth and final playoff spot.
Senior Cody Antonini scored a hat trick for the Mules (11-5, 5-4). It was the first hat trick of his career the perfect way to cap off four years of standout soccer for the forward and the first by a Mule since 2008.
“It’s funny that it happened in what could be my last game,” said Antonini. “I’ve had multiple-goal games before, but never actually got the hat trick until now.”
Antonini (right), who took last year off, wrapped up his career with 112 points, good for fourth place on Muhlenberg’s all-time list. His 49 career goals put him in a tie for fourth in school history.
“Being at Muhlenberg has been a great experience,” stated Antonini. “I love all of my teammates. I really owe a lot to them and especially to my coach because I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”
Muhlenberg got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute with a goal by sophomore Lance Dotzman, the first of his Muhlenberg career. Classmate Bryan Attanasio picked up the assist.
The Mules’ other non-Antonini goal came on a penalty kick by senior Nate Squire as the first half came to a close. It was the first goal of the season for Squire, who led the team with three assists this year.
“It’s out of our hands,” added Antonini with regard to Muhlenberg’s then-uncertain playoff situation. “We just had to get the job done tonight and then pray for the best.”