Wednesday, November 3, 2004
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Women Eliminated on Late Goal
Ursinus Advances to Gettysburg
Chelsea Morin scored with 6:01 left in regulation to give the Ursinus womens soccer team a 1-0 win against Muhlenberg in the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs.
The Bears (12-6-1), who won their first postseason game ever, advance to the semifinals to face Gettysburg. The Mules saw their season end with a record of 10-6-2.
Morin received a pass in the center of the field on a counterattack, dribbled around two defenders and popped a high shot from the 18 into the back of the net.
Ursinus nearly scored twice in the first half, but junior Katie Amari headed a ball out in the 13th minute, and senior Maureen McLaughlin kicked one out 14 minutes later. The Bears had a 9-2 advantage in shots at halftime.
The Mules turned up the pressure and had several good scoring chances midway through the second half. They were foiled by Ursinus goalie Ashley Potter, who made two diving saves, one off a shot by Ashley Reed in the 63rd minute and the other on an Amy Schmidt shot in the 70th minute. Reed got her head on the ensuing corner kick, but the ball was knocked away just before it would have gone in.
The loss ended Muhlenbergs hopes of winning its fourth CC championship in five years. The five seniors on the Mule roster ended their careers with a record of 58-20-4 (.732).
Freshman Jonathan Kliewer pinballed a shot into the net early in
the first overtime period for the lone goal of the game as the Muhlenberg
mens soccer team knocked off Franklin & Marshall in the first round
of the Centennial Conference playoffs.
The Mules (9-7-2), who extended their winning streak to six, move on to the semifinals, where they will face longtime nemesis Johns Hopkins on Friday at 5:00. The Blue Jays, ranked second in Division III, are undefeated this season and undefeated in their last 37 home matches.
The win avenged a 4-2 loss to the Diplomats (10-5-2) earlier in the season and was Muhlenbergs first in Lancaster since 1996.
After 91 scoreless minutes, the game was decided on a fluke goal. Kliewer picked up a loose ball in the box after a scramble and sent in a ball that deflected off a defender, off F&M goal Edward Stelz and off the post before finally finding its way into the net.
I was right on the end line and just tried to cross the ball to try to get something to happen, said Kliewer.
It was Kliewers fourth goal in as many games and gave the Mules their first win in six overtime matches this season.
Senior goalie Chris Davis and the back four of juniors Joseph Benner, Adam Milberg, Ryan Smallwood and Jonathan Roman combined to shut out a Diplomat team that had scored four goals against the Mules twice in the last three years. Muhlenberg has blanked its last five CC opponents, outscoring them 16-0.
We have just been playing a lot better than we were when we played Franklin & Marshall the first time, commented Kliewer. We changed some things around so I think that helped and things just really clicked for us today. It was great to be able to come back here and beat them on their home field in the playoffs.
It was really exciting to finally get a win in overtime because we have lost a lot of overtime games this season, he added. These are the conference playoffs and we all really wanted this game, so when we won everyone just went crazy.
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