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• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg captured the Kean Invitational with victories against St. Joseph’s and the host school. The Mules have won three postseason tournaments (ECAC in 1998 and 1999 and Centennial in 2001), but this was their first regular-season tournament championship.

Senior Dawn Iberer became the program’s all-time leading scorer on the first day of the tournament, then scored her 50th career goal on the second day. She is only the fourth player in school soccer history – male or female – to reach the 50-goal level. The record for most soccer goals scored in a Muhlenberg uniform is 61, held by Randy Kutz (1974-77).

On the other side of the scoring spectrum, senior Katrina Custance, who is in her fourth year as a starter, notched her first career point with an assist on Friday.


• Men’s Soccer: After struggling through a frustrating offensive season in 2002, the Mules needed to find new sources of goals this year. They found some in their season-opening win against Philadelphia Biblical, as three players scored their first career goal. Muhlenberg didn’t score three goals in a game until October 2 (the 11th game of the season) last year.

The Mules are undefeated (17-0-2) in home season openers since 1962.


• Volleyball: For the second straight year, sophomore Julie Lauro was named to an All-Tournament Team the first weekend of the season. She was honored at the Beach Blast Tournament in Florida last year and at Moravian this time. Lauro recorded her 500th career kill in the DeSales match; she already ranks ninth on the program’s all-time kills list with 512.

• Cross Country: For more on cross country’s performance at Marywood, see Tuesday’s Mule Sports Daily.

President Helm presenting championship plaque to seniors
Muhlenberg President Randy Helm presents the championship plaque to seniors Danielle Kline, Lauren Jacobs and Emily Gargula.

Muhlenberg was impressive on both defense and offense in capturing the Muhlenberg Invitational. The Mules outshot their two opponents by a combined 30-6 margin and had a 19-5 advantage in penalty corners.

The back-to-back shutouts of Frostburg State and an Elizabethtown team that was ranked in the top 20 for much of last season extended Muhlenberg’s winning streak to six — the last five by shutout. The school record for consecutive shutouts is seven, set in the last two games of 1961 and the first five of 1962. This is the first time since 1991 that the Mules have begun a season with two shutout wins.

Although goals did not come easily against Frostburg, the Mules had plenty of scoring chances, and they erupted for four goals in the championship game. “I think that our forward line is really clicking. It feels good to be putting some in the back of the cage early on,” said junior Kristen Bruschi, who put in two against Elizabethtown. With five points in the game, she moved into a tie for seventh place on the program’s all-time list with 62 career points.

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