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Let’s make a list. ECAC champions in 1998 and 1999 – check. Centennial Conference champions in 2000 and 2001 – check. Appearances at the NCAA Tournament, with stops in the second and third rounds – check.
Dawn Iberer
After only two seasons, Iberer is already the fourth-leading goal scorer in Muhlenberg history.

The Muhlenberg College women’s soccer team knows this list well. The Mules, who went 19-3 overall and 10-0 in the Centennial Conference, set records for wins (19), consecutive wins (17) and shutouts (12) during the 2001 season. Up ahead for the 2002 edition of Muhlenberg women’s soccer is the defense of its conference crown and one more trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Leslie Benintend says, “Our goal is, of course, to defend our title, but number two would be to make it to the NCAAs again.” With the list in hand, the Mules hope to do a little more checking off. They have a head start with a first place ranking in the CC preseason poll (at left) and a 19th-place ranking in the NSCAA preseason poll – check, check.
School 2001
MUHLENBERG (5) 10-0 93
Johns Hopkins (5) 6-2-2 88
Gettysburg (1) 9-1 88
F & M 6-3-1 71
Dickinson 6-3-1 69
Haverford 5-5 53
McDaniel 5-5 47
Ursinus 2-7-1 30
Swarthmore 2-8 30
Washington 1-9 25
Bryn Mawr 0-9-1 11

Muhlenberg’s season begins this weekend, August 31 and September 1, at the Rachel Miller Memorial Tournament at Rochester Institute of Technology. Muhlenberg will open against Division II LeMoyne. The following weekend, September 7-8, Muhlenberg hosts the Kwik Goal Tournament. CC rival Gettysburg, eighth-ranked Scranton and Richard Stockton will be in attendance. The Mules will play their first CC game against McDaniel September 20 at Varsity Field.

Returning to the field for the Mules are nine starters, five of whom are returning All-CC selections. Offensive powerhouse and second-team All-America Dawn Iberer returns at forward for the Mules. She led the team in goals (16) for the second year in a row during 2001. Joining Iberer in the front is sophomore Rebecca Armstrong, a 2001 first-team All-Mid Atlantic selection, who scored nine goals and had eight assists last season in her freshman campaign. In midfield, Muhlenberg looks to senior captain Jamie Gluck. Gluck was awarded an honorable mention in the Centennial Conference, after contributing three goals, two assists and eight points in 2001.

First team All-CC and CC Academic Honor Roll honoree Kim Laurino will lead the defense from goal. Laurino set records for shutouts in a season (9) and a career (21). Her accomplishments held Muhlenberg opponents to only eight goals during a 17-game span. Juniors Katrina Custance, a second-team All-CC and Academic Honor Roll selection, Monica Jones and Sharon Seggel will contribute dependability in the backfield. As part of the 2001 team, they helped hold Muhlenberg opponents to 19 goals. Five new freshmen round out the 22-member squad.

The enthusiasm and the expectations for the 2002 season are high. Benintend concludes, “It’s a new year and we are going to take things one game at a time.” Maybe one check at a time.

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Last updated August 29, 2002