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Senior James Henshaw assisted on the first goal and scored the last as the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team advanced to the Centennial Conference championship game for the second time in three years with a 3-0 win against Swarthmore.

The Mules (12-5) will face Gettysburg in Sunday’s 1:00 final, with the winner earning an
James Henshaw
Henshaw’s goal was the 27th of his career, moving him into a tie for 12th place on the Mules’ all-time list.
automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bullets (8-5-5) reached the title game with a 1-0 double-overtime win against top seed and host McDaniel.

Muhlenberg got on the scoreboard early. In the 12th minute, Henshaw collected a pass around the 18, beat two defenders and took the ball to the endline, then laid it back across to senior Jose Ramirez for a tapin.

With 13:20 left in the first half, senior Christopher King made it 2-0 by converting off a free kick. The ground shot from 25 yards out beat Swarthmore goalie Reuben Heyman-Kantor for King’s CC-leading 11th goal of the season.

Henshaw put the icing on the cake with 13:35 left in the game. A Garnet defender tried to shield Henshaw from a throwin into the box, but Henshaw won the ball and chipped it over the shoulder of an onrushing Heyman-Kantor.

Swarthmore, the second seed, came in having allowed only nine goals all year, and never more than two in a game.

“Our team always has the ability to score lots of goals,” said Henshaw. “We’re finally getting it together and putting the ball in the net.”

Muhlenberg has now scored 10 goals in winning its last three games, following a stretch in which it managed only six goals in seven matches.

The Garnet (12-5-1) owned a 14-10 advantage in shots, but sophomore Peter Bennett made six saves, including a nice one near the end of the game, for his sixth shutout of the season.

Muhlenberg and Gettysburg played just two weeks ago, with the Bullets scoring late in the second overtime for a 2-1 victory. Gettysburg will be playing for the third time in five days, with the first two games both going into double overtime.

“We’re not going to worry about how many games they’ve played. We’re expecting them to come out firing on all cylinders,” said Henshaw. “If we were in their shoes we’d be all pumped out. We’re not going to underestimate them.”

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