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Men Settle for Draw

In a typically feisty Muhlenberg-Moravian men’s soccer match, there was action all over the field except on the scoreboard, and the final game of a long weekend of Muhlenberg athletics ended in a scoreless tie.

The Mules (2-1-1) had the better of play for much of the game, particularly in the second half and overtime periods, outshooting the Greyhounds (1-2-1) by a 13-2 margin over the final 65 minutes.

Muhlenberg’s best scoring chance in overtime came in the first 80 seconds, but a Ryan Smallwood shot from inside the box was saved.

Senior Chris Davis made three saves for his second shutout of the season. It was the third straight shutout for the Mules, who have kept their opponents off the board for the last 309 minutes.

Muhlenberg tied a Mule Classic record, set six times previously, by not allowing a goal in the two games.

The scoreless draw gave each school a half-point in the first Matte Award contest of the 2004-05 school year. The next scheduled Matte competition is Wednesday’s field hockey game at Moravian.

Stevens Tech defeated Hunter, 10-1, to capture the Mule Classic title.

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Women Win on Header

Senior Rebecca Armstrong headed in a cross from junior Katie Amari with 3:10 left in the second overtime to give the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team a dramatic 3-2 win against Smith in the second round of the Mule Classic.

Scranton won the tournament for the fourth time in seven years with a 6-1 victory over Roger Williams in the first game of the day.

It didn’t look like the Mules (3-1) would need a “Golden Goal” for most of the game. In the fourth minute, senior Katie Macomber drove the ball from the wide right flank over the goalie’s head and into the back of the net.

“We’ve been practicing that, if we get it to the flank out wide, to hit the far post,” said Macomber of her second career goal. “I was just trying to get it there and it went in.”.

Muhlenberg scored what appeared to be an insurance goal early in the second half, when Amari’s free kick found Armstrong alone in the penalty box. Armstrong’s first shot was saved, but she followed up and snuck the rebound past the goalie.

The Pioneers (1-1) scored twice in the final 17 minutes to tie the score, the second goal coming on a penalty kick with just 1:20 on the clock.

Sophomore Kayla Boisvert made two saves in the second overtime to set the stage for Armstrong’s winner.

“It would have been nice to win 2-0, but this way it will help us later in the season, knowing what it’s like when we’re tired and we have to keep playing hard,” commented Macomber.

“From last weekend to this weekend we improved a lot,” she added. “We have so many young players and we’re getting used to each other and communicating better.”

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Last updated September 12, 2004