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Women’s Soccer, Volleyball Lose to Top-10 Teams; Men’s Golf 12th

The Mules (3-2) lost a 3-0 match to Messiah, the fourth-ranked team in Division III.

The Falcons (5-0), who averaged nearly five goals in their first four games, scored midway through the first half, then added a fluke goal early in the second when an attempted Muhlenberg clearing pass was deflected into the net.

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Like eight other teams previously this season, Muhlenberg was swept in three games by New York University, the top-ranked team in Division III. Click here for box score.

Muhlenberg finished 12th out of 15 teams at its first tournament of the 2004-05 year, Elizabethtown’s Blue Jay Classic.

The Mules’ team score of 317 was 18 strokes off the pace in a tightly bunched field.

Senior Weston Happ shot a career-low round of 78. Sophomore Brian Ruht led ’Berg with a 77, and junior Chris Walach also took 78 strokes.

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Senior Kristen Bruschi scored 10 minutes into the second half to give the
Lauren Rutt
Freshman Lauren Rutt pressures a Moravian midfielder during the first half.
Muhlenberg field hockey team its first road win of the season, 1-0 at Moravian.

The victory gave Muhlenberg a 1½-½ lead in the Matte Award standings for the 2004-05 school year. The next Matte contest is a volleyball match at Moravian on Sept. 30.

The final score belied a strong effort by Muhlenberg (3-2), which had a 22-7 advantage in shots and a 17-7 edge in penalty corners. Despite keeping the ball in the Greyhounds’ end for most of the first half, the Mules could not dent the scoreboard.

They finally broke through when junior Steph Light won a ball in the corner and sent a cross into the circle. After an initial shot by Jessica Hand was saved, Bruschi slapped in the rebound.

Like the gnats that hovered around the field the entire game, the Mules remained persistent after the goal, but could not score again. It almost came back to bite them in the last four minutes, but freshman Nikki Rhoads made a diving defensive save to preserve the shutout.

Moravian (3-1), off to its best start in 12 years, suffered its first loss of the season.

Muhlenberg has allowed only two goals in its first five games.

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Last updated September 15, 2004