Athletics: Women's Soccer
The Muhlenberg College women's soccer team has a solid history of success since the late 1990s. The Mules captured four straight Centennial Conference regular-season championships from 2000 to 2003, plus another in 2009, and have made six trips to the postseason in the last 16 seasons, winning back-to-back ECAC Mid-Atlantic titles in 1998 and 1999 and earning bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2009. Muhlenberg won at least one game in the NCAAs in three of its four appearances, and the 2001 and 2003 (above) teams reached the regional final.
The team has racked up an outstanding 178-107-23 (.615) record over the last 16 seasons and has appeared regularly in the regional rankings. The program earned its first national ranking ever (17th) in 2000 and finished the 2001 season tied for 18th in the Division III poll. Muhlenberg has proved worthy of its rankings, defeating No. 12 Johns Hopkins in 1999, No. 9 Messiah in 2001, No. 7 Johns Hopkins in 2009, No. 8 Johns Hopkins in 2010 and No. 6 Johns Hopkins in 2012. The Mules finished 2003 ranked 23rd in the nation.
Muhlenberg's season begins with preseason practice in mid-August and goes through to the final games in early November. The schedule of 17 or 18 matches includes the top competition the region has to offer, as the challenging Centennial Conference slate is complemented by tough non-league opponents. Recent opponents have included nationally and regionally prominent teams such as Scranton, Messiah, Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, Richard Stockton, Moravian, Montclair State and Rowan.
Muhlenberg travels overseas every three summers for games, training and sightseeing.