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Soccer Teams Ready to Host Playoffs

The Muhlenberg men’s and women’s soccer teams will put some long streaks on the line when they host the Centennial Conference playoffs this weekend at Varsity Field.

The Muhlenberg men have won every CC game since being eliminated on penalty kicks by Johns Hopkins in last year’s semifinals. This year Muhlenberg opens up with Gettysburg Friday at 7:30. The Mules defeated the Bullets, 1-0, on Oct. 25. The winner will face Hopkins or McDaniel in Saturday’s 7:00 championship game.

The Mule women are undefeated in their last 10 games, including a nine-game CC winning streak. They open the postseason with a semifinal matchup against Ursinus, Saturday at 11:30. The Mules have shut out the Bears in all eight previous meetings, including last Saturday’s 1-0 win. Another ’Berg win would put the Mules in the final against Gettysburg or Johns Hopkins, Sunday at 1:00.

Below are playoff previews from junior goalkeeper Chris Davis and senior back Katrina Custance.

MEN

Chris Davis How do you feel about how the season has gone so far?
I definitely can’t complain. The team came together real well and everything’s clicking for us right now and, going into the playoffs, that's what we need.

What do you remember about the first game with Gettysburg?
Honestly, the weather. The wind was a huge factor in the first half of our game, but we came out of it clean and that’s all we need.

What will be the key for Muhlenberg to win?
If we keep it simple and play the ball to feet we’ll come out fine.

What worries you most about this team?
Their counter attacks; they counter very quickly. If we get caught off guard, they’re going to take advantage of that.

How are playoff games different from regular-season games?
The stakes are a lot higher and adrenaline is much more important in these games. It gets you going.

How much will homefield advantage mean?
It’s going to be huge. Our crowd’s going to be out there, full force. Having them behind us is going to help us out a lot.

Does last year’s elimination on penalty kicks motivate the team to win this year?
Definitely. Losing on penalty kicks is the worst way to lose, so we definitely want to come back and show everyone we deserve to be first in the league.

WOMEN

Katrina Custance How do you feel about how the season has gone so far?
It's been one of the best seasons yet. We got a bunch of younger people in, and they really stepped up and learned the style of play. We've had a really strong season, but it’s not over yet.

What do you remember about the first game with Ursinus?
It was a very tough game, a very aggressive game

What will be the key for Muhlenberg to win?
I think if we play our game, keep the ball under control and play possession, we’ll have no problem. It's going to be a tough game though.

What worries you most about this team?
They're aggressive; they don't stop. They go to every ball. We just have to be on our toes.

How are playoff games different from regular-season games?
This is the last chance. If you don’t go out and do your best, it's done. It's especially true for the six seniors. It could be our last game.

How much will homefield advantage mean?
We’re not a traveling team. This is the field we play on every game and that will be a big advantage. It will be great to have our fans out supporting us too.

Does last year’s playoff loss motivate this team to win?
I can still remember the goal from the game we lost last year. We don’t want this season to end like that. We want to finish in NCAAs and win the conference title.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated November 6, 2003