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Saturday, August 30, 2003
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Men’s Soccer Breezes in Opener
Cross Country Places Second, Third
Night of Firsts at Varsity Field

Three players all scored their first career goal as the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team opened up its 2003 season with a convincing 3-0 win against Philadelphia Biblical.

All three goals were scored on restarts, the first two on similar corner kick plays. In the eighth minute, junior Ryan Melchior collected a corner kick that had bounced around in the box and found the back of the net with a straight-on shot.

Early in the second half, freshman Scott Clausen made it 2-0 with an angled shot from the right side. The Mules closed out the scoring when sophomore Adam Milberg headed in a free kick from senior Justin Marx.

Muhlenberg had a 24-2 advantage in shots and a 12-0 margin in corner kicks. The Mules had one shot hit the post and another knocked off the line by a defender and had a goal disallowed by an offside call.

Muhlenberg has not lost when it opened its season at home since 1962.

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Senior Rob Uniszkiewicz finished second and sophomore Alex Hotz third as the Muhlenberg men’s cross country team started out the season with a second-place team finish at Marywood’s Labor Day Invitational.

Uniszkiewicz and Hotz each matched their career-best finishes. It was the fourth top-five finish for Uniszkiewicz and the third for Hotz in the last two seasons.

The Mule women also ran well, finishing third, just six points behind second-place Moravian and 11 behind Scranton. Muhlenberg was led by sophomore Karen Mount, who finished fourth, equaling the best finish of her career.

Senior Diana Garretto grabbed ninth for the Mules, 15 seconds ahead of teammate Jenna Belisonzi. It was Belisonzi’s first race back after missing all of last season due to injury.

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• Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to DeSales

After five games, it all came down to two points as the Muhlenberg volleyball team lost the final game of a marathon match with DeSales, 16-14, in the Mules’ last match of the Greyhound Premiere Invitational at Moravian College.

Sophomore outside hitter Julie Lauro had career highs of 30 kills and 25 digs and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

York defeated Muhlenberg 3-0 in the Mules’ first match of the day.

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• Field Hockey Blanks E-town

Behind a strong defense and five points from junior forward Kristen Bruschi, the Muhlenberg field hockey team cruised to a 4-0 win over Elizabethtown and the Muhlenberg Invitational championship.

It was the second shutout in as many days for the Mules, who blanked Frostburg State 1-0 yesterday. Thanks to the work of defensive trio Pamela Coakley, Sarah Fosdick and Andrea Sebright, Mule goalkeeper Lauren Schram needed to make only one save all weekend.

“All three of us are very mobile,” Sebright said. ”We’re not playing the typical defense and sitting back and letting them shoot.”

Bruschi scored and assisted on freshman LisaAnn Polt’s first career goal in the first half to give the Mules a 2-0 lead at the break. The Blue Jays came out strong in the second half but could not muster much of an attack inside the circle. Bruschi added one more goal to put the game away and Alexa Sterbinksy scored in the final minute.

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• Women’s Soccer Takes Down Kean, Takes Home Title

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team scored early and often on its way to a 4-2 win over Kean to claim the championship of the Kean Invitational, its first-ever regular-season tournament title.

Four different Mules scored, with Dawn Iberer’s 23rd-minute strike making the difference. Iberer also assisted on a goal by Rebecca Armstorng in the 42nd minute.

Senior Courtney Levine gave Muhlenberg the lead less than three minutes in when she scored off a corner kick. After the Cougars tied it up, sophomore Katie Amari got the ball from Armstrong and put in a long shot for her first career goal.

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Last updated August 30, 2003