Men's Soccer 2012 Season Review

 

While the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team couldn’t claim its 12th straight Centennial Conference tournament appearance as a highlight of the 2012 season, there were other certainly some other memorable moments.

Cody Antonini
Antonini recorded his first career hat trick in the final game of his career, a 5-1 win at Ursinus. He was honored three times as CC player of the week.
One highlight occurred before the Mules even stepped onto Varsity Field – the return of senior star Cody Antonini, who took last year off.

With the help of Antonini, the Mules opened the season winning five of their first six games. In the first poll released by the NSCAA, Muhlenberg was ranked No. 11 nationally, its highest ranking in the poll since 1997.

The team finished the season with an 11-5 record and a 5-4 mark in CC play. The Mules were in the mix to make the playoffs on the final day of the season with some help from other teams, but were eliminated when Johns Hopkins defeated Washington College.

Kyle Plifka
Plifka, a four-year starter and two-year captain, was also named to the 2012 All-CC Sportsmanship Team. In the 69 games in which he played during his career, Muhlenberg allowed only 54 goals.
Antonini was named to the D3soccer.com All-America second team following another standout season during which he led the team with 34 points on 16 goals, seven of them game-winning goals. He was also selected to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team by the NSCAA.

Antonini recorded his 100th career point in a 1-0 victory over regionally ranked Drew to become just the sixth person in school history, and the 13th player in CC history, to reach the milestone. He finished his career with 112 points and 49 goals, good for fourth place in both categories on Muhlenberg’s all-time list.

In addition to Antonini, a first-team selection for the third time in his career, two other seniors received All-CC recognition. Center back Kyle Plifka was named to the first team, and forward Danny Way earned honorable mention.

Plifka started every game for Muhlenberg, the leader of a defense that allowed just 15 goals in 16 games. Joining Plifka in the back were juniors Bucky Aronoff, Jonathan Schauer and Ryan Barlotta and sophomores Bryan Attanasio and Travis Wantchekon, who switched from center midfield when injuries hit.

Way scored one of his two season goals – one of 24 in his career – in a 2-0 win over CC playoff qualifier Johns Hopkins, the Mules’ first victory over the Blue Jays since 2005.

Also reaching to the two-goal mark for the season were junior Jacob Joseph and sophomore Joey Roberts.

Roberts was one of six Mules who scored his first career goal during the season. The others were juniors Jeff Reinhart and Brendan McIntyre, sophomores Oliver Katz and Lance Dotzman and freshman Dan Joseph.

Senior Nate Squire led the team with three assists, one more than Attanasio and junior Chris Royer

Junior goalie Jas Chojnowski finished the season with an outstanding 0.72 goals-against average. Sophomore Danny Pinto started the last four games and was honored as CC defensive player of the week after allowing just one goal in his first two career starts.