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Schedule notices: The home women’s soccer match against McDaniel was postponed to Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3:00. The Mule/Falcon Classic cross country meet was cancelled.

Homewood Hex Strikes Men’s Soccer Again
Booters Fall Early in Overtime

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team wrote a new chapter in its Homewood Field horror story, falling to Johns Hopkins 2-1 in overtime in its Centennial Conference opener.

The Mules (2-2-1, 0-1), who had their 10-game CC winning streak snapped, have never won in eight trips to the Blue Jays’s AstroTurf field. Of the last four losses, two came in overtime and one in penalty kicks.

This one didn’t go much into overtime, as No. 11 Hopkins (6-0, 1-0) scored off a throw-in just 29 seconds into the first extra period.

Muhlenberg tied the game at 1-1 with 29 seconds left in the first half when junior Jose Ramirez bent in a corner kick. Playing against a strong wind, however, the Mules did not get a shot or a corner kick the entire second half.

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Muhlenberg opened its 2004-05 season at the Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Tournament, a flighted individual tournament with host Haverford, Franklin & Marshall and New Jersey. The first day of competition, held indoors, included all the doubles and the first round of singles. Senior Jeff Kraft, the top seed in the top singles flight, won his first match in a third-set supertiebreaker and also captured a consolation doubles match.

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Three More for Bruschi

Senior Kristen Bruschi scored three goals for her third career hat trick, leading the Muhlenberg field hockey team to a 5-2 win against Washington & Lee at soggy Scotty Wood Stadium.

The Mules (4-2) took to the offensive after scoring only one goal on 22 shots in Wednesday’s victory at Moravian. They hadn’t scored a first-half goal in their last three games before erupting for three (all by Bruschi) in the first 25 minutes against the Generals (0-2).

“We’ve been working on our spacing and getting more room between our lines,” noted junior Steph Light, who played a terrific game in the midfield. “We’re trying to push forward and become more of an offensive team, since our defense is so strong.

“We also were finding each other on offense today,” she added.

Indeed, all five of Muhlenberg’s goals were assisted. Bruschi deflected in passes from sophomore Jessica Hand, junior Katie Thomas and Light to give the Mules a 3-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half.

The three goals gave Bruschi an even 50 for her career. She is only the fifth player in Centennial Conference history to reach that level.

Bruschi had scored Muhlenberg’s last seven goals before the team displayed other sources of offense late in the second half, after W&L had scored on a penalty stroke and was pressing to cut the gap to one. Hand notched her first goal of the season with 5:34 left, and exactly one minute later freshman Jillian Duffy scored her first career goal.

The Mules have one more non-conference game, Tuesday at Drew, before closing out the season with all 10 CC contests. “We’re working all the kinks out now as we get ready for conference games,” said Light. “I think we’re really pulling together.”

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Last updated September 18, 2004