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Wes Spence You might think that a quarterback who was a three-year starter and all-star in high school would not be too thrilled about playing wide receiver in college. But Wes Spence is just happy to be playing.

Spence, who came to Muhlenberg from Towson High School near Baltimore, made the switch on the third day of preseason camp as a freshman. “It wasn’t like I wanted to be a quarterback since I was a kid,” he said. “I never played quarterback before my freshman year of high school. The coaches in my high school asked me if I wanted to come out and do it. I said sure and I wound up being the starter.

“Coming here, I just wanted to play. I could see by the way that it was going that I would have a better chance doing something else and I thought I was athletic enough to do something else. So I made the move. I love being a receiver. It’s a lot of fun.”

Spence, who started seven of the final eight games last season, gets his fun as a possession receiver and an alternative to Centennial Conference player of the year Joshua Carter. “It works out perfectly. He’s the deep threat and he clears out everything underneath for guys like me. I know I’m not going to be the guy who burns people deep. That's fine with me — just get the 8 yards, first down, move the chains.”

When the ball winds up in Spence’s hands, the chains usually do move. He’s caught 21 passes in his Muhlenberg career, and 16 of them have gone for first downs.

One of the catches went for a touchdown, and it provided one of the lighter moments of the Mules’ ECAC championship season a year ago. Late in a 45-0 shutout of Franklin & Marshall, Spence watched a pass tip off a Muhlenberg receiver’s hands and two Diplomats defenders’ hands before coming right to him at the 3-yard line. He held on to the hot potato and walked into the end zone.

“For some reason I just knew the guys weren’t going to catch it and I was just sitting there waiting for it to carom my way, and it did,” he recalled with a chuckle. “I was behind the play and it hit a line of guys straight back to me. Nobody expects that to ever happen, but I’ll take it.”

Spence maintains good focus in the classroom as well. He was named to the CC Academic Honor Roll last year and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors. Like most athletes, he achieves better grades when his sport is in season due to the structure a daily practice schedule provides.

A history major, Spence would like to teach social studies and coach at the high school level following graduation. While he's at Muhlenberg, he also would like to catch a touchdown on a pass that was actually meant for him.

WOMEN’S SOCCER EDGES MORAVIAN IN OVERTIME

Sophomore Dawn Iberer scored off a rebound 10 minutes into the first overtime period to give the Muhlenberg (10-2) women’s soccer team a 1-0 win at Moravian (7-3). It was the eighth straight win for the Mules, and it gave them double digits in wins for the fifth consecutive season.

The win also gave Muhlenberg a 3-2 lead over Moravian in the Matte Award standings for the 2001-02 school year. The next Matte events are the football game and regional cross country meets on Nov. 10.

Katrina Custance
Sophomore Katrina Custance was one of the backs who helped Muhlenberg notch its seventh shutout of the season against Moravian. The Mules have outscored opponents 20-2 during their current eight-game winning streak.
The winning goal was set up when freshman Rebecca Armstrong took a shot from the left. Greyhound goalie Neali Miller made the save, but the ball caromed off her hands. What happened between then and the time Iberer deposited the ball into the back of the net isn’t quite clear.

“We were just trying to figure out what happened. I really don’t know,” admitted Iberer. “The ball was just fumbling around in there.”

The “golden goal” was the ninth of the season for Iberer, who hit the crossbar with two minutes left in regulation. Six of her nine goals have been game-winners.

Junior Kim Laurino made five saves in goal to record her 18th career shutout and extend her unscored-upon streak to 636 minutes. It was the second 1-0 win in as many days for Muhlenberg, both on the road.

“Both games were really tough,” noted Iberer. “But if we make the postseason, all the games will be back-to-back, so this is good preparation.”

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Last updated September 30, 2001