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Defense Not Enough for Football, Women’s Soccer
A 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference as Gettysburg sent the Mules to their second straight loss, 10-3.

Muhlenberg (3-5, 2-3) took a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter when sophomore Jordon Grube tied a career long by booting a 42-yard field goal.

Following the three-pointer, the teams exchanged punts on the next 12 possessions. The streak was snapped when senior James Crowley picked off a pass late in the first half, but the Mules could not capitalize and went into the locker room ahead 3-0.

The touchdown run – the longest allowed by Muhlenberg since 1997 – came on the first play after a punt. The Bullets (3-5, 2-2) tacked on a 28-yard field goal with 6:53 left in the fourth quarter, four plays after returning an interception 54 yards to the 10-yard line.

The Mules had two chances to tie the game. A long kickoff return by Phillip Gasker, combined with a personal foul penalty, gave them the ball at the Gettysburg 18. Three plays netted only two yards, however, and a field-goal attempt was blocked.

On its final drive, Muhlenberg had first-and-goal from the 8, but the next four plays resulted in three incomplete passes and a sack.

The Mule defense held Gettysburg to eight first downs and forced 12 punts. Sophomore Dustin Good led the defense with nine tackles, including a sack, while senior Dan McCall picked off a pass for the second week in a row.

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Muhlenberg closed out its season by playing one of its most intense games, but a goal off a direct kick with just under six minutes left in the second overtime gave playoff-bound Ursinus a 1-0 victory.

It was the fifth 1-0 defeat for the Mules (4-10-2, 3-6-1), with the game-winning goal coming late in regulation or in overtime each time.

Junior Shauna Henley, making her second career start in goal, made 14 saves – the most by a Muhlenberg ’keeper since 1997. Three of the saves came on point-blank shots by the Bears (13-3-1, 7-2-1).

The Mules’ best chance during regulation came just 15 minutes into the game when junior Maria Tranguch cleared a ball down the sideline to sophomore Sara Gearin, who was on a 2-on-1 with junior Elana Rabinowitz. Gearin passed the ball to Rabinowitz, who got around the defender and took a shot, but the Ursinus goalie dove to her left for the save.

Muhlenberg had one golden opportunity in the overtime, just minutes into the first one. Junior Emily Nealis, who had just entered the game to give the Mules fresh legs, took a high shot. The Ursinus goalie jumped too soon and the ball went over her head, but the wind sent the ball just left of the goal.

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Steph Light and Katie Thomas, two of the four Muhlenberg seniors playing in their final field hockey game, combined on the clinching goal as the Mules (9-9, 4-6) closed out the season with a 3-1 win against Washington.

Muhlenberg played an impressive game against a Shorewomen (6-11, 5-5)
Steph Light
Light finished her career with two goals – both scored as a senior – and eight assists.
squad that was still alive for a Centennial Conference playoff berth. The Mules had a 14-7 advantage in shots and held a comfortable lead for most of the second half.

Junior LisaAnn Polt opened the scoring with eight minutes to play in the first half when a loose ball in the circle found her stick just a few yards from the cage. She fired the ball home for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Muhlenberg extended its lead to 2-0 early in the second half when sophomore Kelly Shetron scored off a penalty corner. Her shot came from a near-impossible angle to the side of the goal and went straight in to the far board.

Sophomore Nikki Rhoads, who assisted Shetron’s goal, preserved the two-goal lead by making a defensive save midway through the half, but the Shorewomen finally broke through with about 12 minutes left.

Light’s second career goal, directly off a corner sweep from Thomas, slammed the door with 5:38 to play.

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Last updated October 29, 2005