Saturday, October 16, 2004
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Good Showing for Cross Country at DeSales
Women in Top 5, Men 8th
Competing for the first time in three weeks, the Muhlenberg cross country teams showed the results of their training at the DeSales Invitational.
The women came in fifth out of 27 teams, while the men, minus their top runner, were eighth out of 28.
The women had their highest finish ever at the annual meet. The previous best was sixth, in 2001. The Mules were behind only two Division III teams, both of which are ranked in the top three in the region, and were ahead of two regionally ranked squads in DeSales (seventh) and Susquehanna (16th).
Senior Jenna Belisonzi crossed the line eighth out of 191 runners.
The men did not place any runners in the top 30, but used their depth to come in eighth. Of the seven teams ahead of Muhlenberg, three are ranked in the region, one isnt in the region, and the other three are Division II.
Senior Christopher Martin, sophomore Tim Seeley and junior Patrick Breault came in 31st, 33rd, and 35th, respectively.
The men also did well in the sub-varsity race, as alumnus Brendan Gallagher 03 finished first.
Men Snap Winless Skid, But Women Defeated
Junior Christopher King scored two goals and assisted a third to lead the Muhlenberg mens soccer team to a 3-0 win over Dickinson (6-7-1, 2-4).
King scored his first goal at the 39:27 mark by heading in a beautifully placed corner
Senior Ryan Melchior rounded out the Mule scoring at the 82:29 mark. The goal came as Melchior broke away off a King forward pass.
The three goals are the most scored by the Mules (4-7-2, 2-3-1) in a game since a 6-0 win over Hunter on Sept. 11.
It just feels great to finally score some goals as a team. The past few games we have dominated the possessions but couldnt find the goal, so Im very happy we were able to score three today, King said.
Muhlenbergs defense played a solid game, limiting the Devils to eight shots on the day and only one in the first half. Senor goalkeeper Chris Davis recorded his sixth shutout of the season, making two saves.
The Mules snapped a five-game winless streak with the victory. Three of those games went into double overtime, with the Mules falling to Swarthmore and Drew and tying McDaniel.
We have played some really tight games and come up short. Hopefully winning like we did today will give us a big up and lots of motivation heading into the second half of the conference season, King said.
The Bullets (10-2-2, 7-0), playing the first womens match in their new FieldTurf stadium, broke a scoreless tie by netting two goals in the first six minutes of the second half. The Mules (8-4-1, 4-2-1) cut the deficit in half when freshman Ashley Reed put in a rebound of a shot by junior Amy Schmidt at the 72:06 mark.
Gettysburg had outscored its first six Centennial Conference opponents by a 24-1 margin.
Muhlenbergs four losses are all to teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game.
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Last updated October 16, 2004