Athletics: Men's Soccer
The motto of the Muhlenberg College men’s soccer program is Nil Satis Nisi Optimum — only the best will satisfy. The application of this principle is at the core of one of the most successful Division III programs in the nation.
Since 1989, the Mules have earned postseason berths in 15 of 23 seasons, including 12 bids to the NCAA Tournament. Their current streak of 26 consecutive non-losing seasons is among the longest in Division III.
In 1995, Muhlenberg reached the national semifinals before getting eliminated by eventual national champion Williams on penalty kicks. The 2003 team (below) advanced to the NCAA second round, and in 2010 the Mules reached - and hosted - the "Sweet 16."
The Mules are ranked in the regional top 10 every year and have made appearances in the national top 10.
Muhlenberg plays in the Centennial Conference, one of the top men's soccer leagues in Division III. CC teams typically win more than 60 percent of their matches, and the league has produced six different “Sweet 16” teams in the last 18 years (including Muhlenberg in 1995). Four CC teams were invited to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, and all three CC teams that received berths in 2010 won at least one game. The Mules have won the conference title five times, including 2003, when they posted a 9-0 Centennial record.
Muhlenberg’s regular-season schedule begins in early September and ends in mid-November. The Mules have traveled to tournaments at Binghamton, Drew, Ohio Wesleyan, Frostburg State, Christopher Newport, Wheaton (Chicago), Clarkson and and Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Mules traditionally get tremendous spectator support at home matches. They ranked ninth in Division III in average attendance in 2005.
Muhlenberg carries a squad of about 30 players and schedules several junior varsity matches. Every three years, the team travels to Europe during the summer for a trip that combines soccer against top club teams with sightseeing and cultural exchange.