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Women’s Team One Win Away
Football Scores Late TD for 20-15 Victory
Mules to Face Bullets for Title

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team scored three first-half goals to defeat Ursinus, 3-1, and advance to the Centennial Conference championship game.

The Mules (14-3-2) will face Gettysburg (12-4-2) in Sunday’s 1:00 final. The second-seeded Bullets knocked off third seed Johns Hopkins, 6-5, on penalty kicks after regulation and two overtimes left the teams tied, 1-1.

Senior Dawn Iberer scored two goals in the first 10 minutes for top-seeded Muhlenberg. She now has 10 goals and 23 points on the year.

Five minutes into the game, Iberer banged her first goal in off the post after taking a pass from Rebecca Armstrong in the box. Iberer struck again five minutes later. Maria Tranguch flicked a Maureen McLaughlin pass to Iberer, who beat the goalie with a shot into the lower left corner.

Senior Courtney Levine now has eight goals and 22 points after finishing a pass fom Katie Macomber for the Mules’ final goal.

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Senior Kodi Shay caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Newman with 1:08 to play, giving the Muhlenberg football team its sixth straight win, 20-15 at Union.

The Mules (6-2) led 8-0 at halftime and 14-2 after three quarters, but turned the ball over on their first three fourth-quarter possessions, and the Dutchmen captalized to take a 15-14 lead with 7:37 on the clock.

Muhlenberg took over at its own 9-yard line with 5:31 to play and drove 91 yards in 16 plays for the winning score. The big play of the drive was a 20-yard completion to Matt Bernardo on fourth-and-10 from the Union 31. Two plays later, Newman and Shay hooked up for their second touchdown of the game.

Bernardo finished with 131 yards on 31 carries for his fourth 100-yard game in a row. Free safety Thanasis Petrakis blocked a punt for a safety and had one of the Mules’ three interceptions.

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Centennial Conference Champions!

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team put a perfect cap on a flawless Centennial Conference season, defeating Johns Hopkins, 2-1, to win the CC title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Senior midfielder Evan Smallwood broke a 1-1 tie by scoring on a free kick in the 30th minute as the Mules (17-4) won their fourth championship and first since 1997.

“This has been our goal all season long,” Smallwood said. “It’s even better as a senior. I knew it was my last chance and to win it now is unbelievable.”

Smallwood, the team’s leading scorer, scored his 10th goal of the season off a free kick. With a wall of Hopkins players lined up to defend the right side of the goal, Smallwood drove a low shot past the wall and all-conference goalkeeper Gary Kane, Jr.

Sophomore James Henshaw put the Mules on top early. After junior Nick Richardson played the ball in, Henshaw’s first shot was tipped by Kane. The ball bounced behind the sprawling keeper and Henshaw ran by to tap it into the open net for his 10th goal of the year. He now has 25 points this year, three behind Smallwood.

Traver Davis headed in a free kick to tie the score for Hopkins (14-3-1), but Smallwood’s game-winner came less than six minutes later. Each team fired 11 shots in a first half full of scoring chances, despite a matchup of two of the conference’s top defenses.

Junior Chris Davis made six saves to help make the 2-1 lead stand until the buzzer finally sounded to end the second half.

It was a moment the Mules, including senior captain Justin Henning have been seeking for a long time. Muhlenberg was eliminated on penalty kicks by Hopkins in last year’s tournament and lost a double-overtime game to Western Maryland, 1-0, in the 2001 playoffs.

“We’ve thought about this every day since the end of last season,” said Henning.

The Mules will begin NCAA Tournament play next week. For now, however, they will celebrate a hard-earned victory.

“We go out and we work as hard as we can everyday,” Henning said. “This is so sweet.”

“Unbelievable,” said Smallwood. “Unbelievable.”

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