Women's Soccer 2011 Season Review

 

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team bid farewell to two of the top offensive players in program history in 2011. Unfortunately, they had to say goodbye to one of them too soon.

Nicolette Miller and Meghan O’Grady were only the second pair of

Nicolette Miller, Meghan O'Grady
Miller finished her career sixth in Mule history in both goals (30) and points (74), and O’Grady was ninth in both categories (25 goals, 63 points).
classmates in program history to earn All-Centennial Conference honors all four years. Both finished in the Mules’ all-time top 10 in points, goals and assists.

But after O’Grady scored her 25th career goal early in a 3-0 win at Bryn Mawr, she suffered a season- and career-ending injury. Muhlenberg was 6-5-2 overall, 3-2-1 in the Centennial Conference and in the thick of the playoff race at the time. Lining up one player short, however, the team came up one goal short the rest of the season. The Mules dropped their last five games, all by a single goal, to finish at 6-10-2.

In all, eight of Muhlenberg’s 10 losses were by one goal. The only teams to defeat the Mules by more than one were eventual national champion Messiah and top-10 Johns Hopkins.

Muhlenberg’s 4-2 start included a convincing 4-1 home-opening win against a Delaware Valley team that was regionally ranked during the season and a 4-0 CC-opening win against McDaniel as Miller recorded her second career hat trick.

In their next CC game, the Mules battled to a 1-1 draw against Haverford, which spent most of the

Michele Toher
Toher made 10 saves, the most by a Mule goalie in a scoreless tie since 1991, in the Scranton game.
season ranked in the top 25 and did not lose until its 13th game.

Muhlenberg dropped its next three games before tying regionally ranked Scranton and posting back-to-back shutout wins on the road against CC foes Washington and Bryn Mawr. But the latter victory would be the last of the season, with three of the final five losses coming against CC playoff teams.

Miller and O’Grady both were named to the All-CC second team. Mller led the team in scoring with 11 points, while O’Grady scored three goals.

Sophomore CJ Graetzer received All-CC honorable mention for the second year in a row after netting three goals.

Junior Alyssa Meola and freshman Colleen Touhey also found the back of the net three times apiece. Sophomore Stephanie Tramutola had an excellent year starting at right back, contributing two goals and two assists to the offense, and junior Jillian Moretto and freshman Audrey Zamichow each scored her first two career goals.

Another freshman, Leah Messler, produced the tying goal in the Haverford game, and yet another one, Krissy Fioretti, started at left back the entire season.

Rounding out a defense that conceded only 11 goals in 10 CC matches were junior Maggie Neary and sophomore Susan Galgano, playing in front of senior Michele Toher, who closed out her career with another fine campaign. Toher played every minute in goal and topped full-time starters in the CC with a .792 save percentage in league games. She finished her career fourth in team history with a 1.28 goals-against average and third with 19 shutouts.