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2000 Fall/Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of October 30 to November 5
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team made its NCAA Tournament debut a successful one, defeating Johnson & Wales 2-1 to advance to the second round. Things will get a lot tougher fast, as NCAA soccer the Mules (15-3-2) will next face New Jersey (18-1), the top-ranked team in Division III, in a regional semifinal at Messiah on Friday, November 3, at 7:30. The Lions, who have finished first or second in the NCAA Tournament four of the last seven years, have outscored their opponents 81-2. TCNJ’s lone loss was to Richard Stockton, who lost to Messiah, who lost to Muhlenberg. The Mules played TCNJ in 1994, when the school was still known as Trenton State, and lost 10-0. Click here for first round scoreboard.

Ian Ximinies
For the second straight week, a member of the Muhlenberg defense has been named player of the week by the Centennial Conference. This time it’s junior tackle Ian Ximinies, who led a Mule defense that held Ursinus to 212 total yards, more than 200 below its average. Ximines had a career-high 10 tackles, two pass breakups and a sack in Muhlenberg’s 21-19 win.

Monday, October 30
MEN’S SOCCER Moravian 1, Muhlenberg 0. A rebound goal with 18 minutes to play spoiled the Mules’ home finale. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, November 1
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Johnson & Wales 1. Freshman Dawn Iberer scored two second-half goals to lead Muhlenberg to a win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mules advance to the second round to take on The College of New Jersey, the top-ranked team in the country. Iberer broke a scoreless tie with 12:44 remaining in the second half. After senior Alissa Desiderio took a shot that hit off the right post, Iberer collected the rebound and drove it into the back of the net. With 7:08 to play, she took a long lead pass from freshman Courtney Levine and beat the Wildcat goalie one-on-one. J&W, which had its 18-match unbeaten streak snapped, spoiled the shutout bid by scoring a breakaway goal with only five seconds to play. Muhlenberg had sizable advantages in shots (19-5) and corner kicks (12-1) in recording its school record-tying 15th win of the season. The back three of sophomore Katy Hawkins and freshmen Kate Custance and Monica Jones held the Wildcats’ leading scorer — the 13th-leading scorer in Division III — without a shot. Iberer’s two goals gave her 33 points for the season, a school record for freshmen. Click here for box score.

Friday, November 3
WOMEN’S SOCCER New Jersey 3, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules’ best season ever came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, at the hands of the No. 1 team in the country. Despite defending for most of the game, Muhlenberg didn’t allow a goal until fewer than 10 minutes remained in the first half. The Lions went up 2-0 by scoring a deflating goal with only 24 seconds left before halftime. The Mules had their best chance to score early in the second half, when freshman Dawn Iberer sent a long through ball to senior Alissa Desiderio, but the goalie made a one-on-one stop. Sophomore Kim Laurino tied a career high with 10 saves. Click here for box score.

Saturday, November 4
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 30, Hartwick 26. Senior Michael McCabe threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior Joshua Carter with 1:22 remaining for the game-winning score as Muhlenberg defeated Hartwick in an offensive slugfest that featured 934 yards of total offense. The win was the 400th in program history for the Mules, who completed their first undefeated home season since 1980 and reached the seven-win mark for the first time since 1988. The game-winning drive began and ended with passes to Carter, who caught 11 for 198 yards and amassed 310 all-purpose yards. Hartwick’s final two drives ended with interceptions by senior Mike Burke and freshman Joe Getz. Muhlenberg tied a school record with seven interceptions in the game and had three players (Burke, Getz and sophomore Jordan Wright) record two apiece. McCabe had his eighth career 300-yard game, throwing for 355 and three touchdowns, while freshman Matt Bernardo rushed for more than 100 yards (103) for the second straight week. With his two touchdown receptions, Carter tied the school’s career record of 25 and set the single-season mark of 13. Burke became the Mules’ all-time leader in pass breakups (24) and moved into a tie for second place with 14 career interceptions. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Ursinus 2. Senior Dave Paxson’s goal off a feed from junior Chris Rowley with 8:28 to play was the difference in Muhlenberg’s final regular-season game. The Mules had taken a 2-1 lead with 13:10 remaining when junior Jon Herman headed in a corner kick for his first career goal, but Ursinus tied the score two minutes later. Sophomore Ben Long scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season. The win gave Muhlenberg double digits in victories for the 14th time in 15 years. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING NYU 25, Muhlenberg 21; Muhlenberg 37, Centenary 16. The Mules opened up their 2000-01 season by splitting a pair of matches at Centenary. Senior Jason McLean, making his return to the team after a two-year absence, recorded a major decision and a pin, while freshman Brendan Barrett was 2-0 with a pin in his collegiate debut. Sophomore Nate Yeasted and junior Bill Holsinger each had two victories. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated November 4, 2000