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Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey Drop Home Games
Like the men in the first game of the home doubleheader, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team made a bid to knock off an undefeated first-place team, but Dickinson came from behind to post a 2-1 win.

The Mules (3-8-2, 2-5-1) broke a scoreless tie less than three minutes into the second half on their fifth corner kick. Senior Katie Amari sent the ball into the box to junior Maria Tranguch, who headed it to junior Andrea Dello Russo for the putaway. It was only the third goal allowed by the Red Devils (10-1-3, 7-0-1) in their last 10 games.

Dickinson scored twice in a span of six-and-a-half minutes on similar plays after Muhlenberg was called for fouls in the corners on opposite sides of the field. Dello Russo had a good chance to tie the game with about 12 minutes to play, but her shot from close in went high.

Of the Mules’ eight losses, six are by one goal, including the last three in a row, and in all six the game-winner came in the final 20 minutes.

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Ursinus, ranked second in Division III, improved to 27-0 all-time in Centennial Conference regular-season games with a 3-0 win. The Bears, who lost their first No. 1 ranking after falling to Middlebury on Sunday, scored the first goal just 2:20 into the game.

The Mules (8-7, 3-4) lost for the first time in seven home games this season.

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The Muhlenberg volleyball team, playing at home for just the second time in four weeks, easily handled Ursinus and came away with a 3-0 victory.

The Mules (11-13, 3-4) ended a four-game losing streak, all on the road, while giving Ursinus (4-17, 0-8) its fifth consecutive loss.

Not only did the Mules drop all three matches on their road trip to Texas, but they lost two of their three setters to injuries. Senior Mary Henning, who missed the trip to the Lone Star State, returned to the team with 32 assists and tied senior Jen Weist with a match-high four aces.

Muhlenberg, leading the Centennial Conference with 2.90 aces per game in conference matches, improved on that with 13 total aces. The Mules started the first game with an ace (Weist) and ended the match with one (Henning).

Ursinus took early leads in the second and third games, but Muhlenberg quickly caught up and rarely trailed throughout the match. The Mules kept the Bears off-balance all night, took advantage of free balls and played at a high-tempo level.

Sophomore Jess Anselmi had four of her nine kills in the third game and finished with a .444 hitting percentage. Classmate Megan Young added three aces and eight digs.

“The Texas trip was a mental drop,” said senior Julie Lauro, who had her 14th double-double of the year with 17 kills and 16 digs. “We lost a lot of confidence down there. But we came back and won a conference match today, and that shows a lot about us. We felt our confidence build throughout the match. We were very laid back and relaxed, and we always play better when we are like that.”

The Mules, 7-2 at home, will look to continue their strong play at Memorial Hall as they host two of their final three Centennial Conference opponents.

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Last updated October 19, 2005