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Soccer Teams Tie; Volleyball Swept

The streak of 11 straight Muhlenberg-Haverford games decided by one goal was broken – but only because the game wasn’t decided.

The Mules (5-3-1, 2-1-1) scored in the second minute of each half, matching two first-half goals by the Fords (7-1-1, 2-0-1), and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Sophomore Kristen Cioeta, making her first start of the season, got Muhlenberg on the board at the 1:41 mark, and freshman Ashley Reed scored the equalizer at the 1:45 mark of the second half. The two regionally ranked teams fired off 22 more shots (15 by the Mules), but none found the back of the net.

Muhlenberg’s 25-match regular-season home Centennial Conference winning streak was snapped.

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Muhlenberg, playing at home for the first time in 20 days, got the same results as the last time it took to the Varsity Field pitch: a scoreless draw.

The Mules (3-4-2, 1-2-1) held a 20-5 advantage in shots on McDaniel (5-4-1, 2-1-1) and had the best opportunities to score a goal. In the 30th minute, junior James Henshaw hit the left post. Late in the second overtime, with about 35 seconds left, freshman Wesley Deininger ripped a shot that appeared destined for the upper corner of the net, but Green Terror goalie Andrew Wu made a nice diving save, slapping the ball over the crossbar.

On the ensuing corner kick, junior Adam Milberg put a header on goal, but it too was saved.

Senior Chris Davis notched his 22nd career shutout for Muhlenberg.

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After a ragged first game, Muhlenberg played much better in Game 2 and 3, but came away without a win and was swept by Johns Hopkins.

The Mules (6-11, 0-3) made 11 attack errors in the first game, then made the same total in the second and third games combined. They came up short both times, however, 30-27 and 30-28.

Junior Julie Lauro led the offense with 19 kills and also contributed 14 digs to a defense that averaged 25 digs per game. Freshman Tiffany Elliott registered a team- and career-high 18 digs.

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Football Comes Up Short on Last Play

Franklin & Marshall stopped sophomore tight end Derek DiMattina at the 4-yard line as the clock expired, hanging on for a 15-10 win that spoiled the Mules’ Homecoming and their Centennial Conference opener.

Muhlenberg (3-1, 0-1) outgained the Diplomats (4-1, 1-0) by a 375-129 margin but turned the ball over three times, once on an interception that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown, and scored on only one of four “Red Zone” chances.

After senior linebacker Dan Walker forced a fumble that was recovered by junior Mark Bennett on F&M’s first possession of the game, the Mules opened the scoring on a 29-yard field goal by senior Brian Hendershot.

F&M tied the score on a field goal early in the second quarter. The three-pointer was set up by a 44-yard completion. Although that play was the Diplomats’ lone first of the first half, they still went into the locker room with a lead, thanks to the long interception return.

F&M scored its only offensive touchdown late in the third quarter, but junior Justin Adair intercepted the two-point try to keep the score 15-3.

Muhlenberg scored its first touchdown when senior Nick Rosetti hit junior Antoine Williams with a 22-yard pass. It was the first career reception for Williams.

The Mules got the ball back for one last possession with 2:44 left and drove from their 25 to the Diplomats’ 4. The key play on the drive was a 36-yard reception by Williams. A 3-yard loss on a running play, an incomplete pass and a scramble by Rosetti gave Muhlenberg fourth down at the 6-yard line with 7.5 seconds on the clock.

Rosetti hit DiMattina in the right flat, but he was quickly tackled to end the game.

The Muhlenberg defense, which entered the game ranked sixth in Division III, held the CC’s top offense to six first downs and 17 yards on 27 rushing attempts. F&M quarterback Jeff Harner, ranked in the top 20 in Division III in passing efficiency, was only 7-of-24 for 112 yards.

Walker recorded three sacks for the second game in a row, and Bennett had a sack among his team-leading nine tackles.

Rosetti threw for 198 yards and also rushed for a career-high 61.

Junior Phil Gasker returned two kickoffs for 109 yards, including a 67-yarder in the third quarter.

The injury bug continued to bite the Mules. Senior running back Jason Spencer rushed for a game-high 90 yards on 18 carries before suffering an injury in the third quarter. DiMattina was injured on the final play.

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Last updated October 2, 2004