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Field Hockey Wins in N.Y.; Women’s Soccer Ties
Playing on grass for the first time this season proved to be of little hindrance to the Mules (4-0), who got two second-half goals from junior LisaAnn Polt to defeat Ithaca, 2-0, and win the first half of their Upstate New York weekend swing.

Polt scored her two goals about two minutes apart. The first came on a ball that found its way in after hitting several sticks inside the circle, and the second directly off a long corner hit from sophomore Nikki Rhoads. Polt nearly had a hat trick, but her first-half score hit her foot before going in and was disallowed.

Junior Lauren Schram saved six shots for her second consecutive shutout.

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The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team didn’t get its first win ever against Scranton, but it got halfway there, playing the Royals to a scoreless draw.

Scranton (0-2-2), which hasn’t scored yet this year, and Muhlenberg (1-2-1), which hasn’t scored since its first game, played a hard-fought game that dropped the Royals’ all-time record against the Mules to 9-0-1.

Muhlenberg could not take advantage of eight first-half corner kicks, but came close once: In the 41st minute, senior Amy Schmidt’s shot was saved off the line at the near post by a Scranton defender.

Scranton’s best chances came late in regulation and in overtime. Midway through the second extra session, junior Kayla Boisvert, who played a terrific game, stopped a low skidding shot for her seventh save, then came off her line to intercept a good cross a few moments later.

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Playing for the final time before its Centennial Conference-opening showdown with ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team looked sharp, scoring six first-half goals en route to a 6-1 win at Moravian.

The six-goal first half was the best for the Mules since they scored eight
James Henshaw
Senior James Henshaw had the most artistic of the six goals, finding a long, high clearing pass from King and, in one motion, spinning and firing the ball into the cage for his first goal of the season. He is now tied for 14th in team history with 24 career goals.
in the first 45 minutes against Centenary in 2001. The six goals also were the most ever scored by Muhlenberg against Moravian.

“Moravian is a big rival, and usually when we play them it is a difficult game that comes down to the last minute,” said senior Matt Pitetti, who contributed to the offensive onslaught with two goals and an assist – all in a four-minute span late in the first half.

Muhlenberg already held a 3-0 lead when Pitetti knocked in a Jose Ramirez cross that slipped through the goalie’s hands at the 37:20 mark. Less than a minute-and-a-half later, Pitetti took a cross from the flank from sophomore Karim Assous and laid it off for senior Christopher King, who finished for his fifth goal in three games.

At 41:13, Pitetti headed in Assous’ cross to close out the Mules’ scoring. Unlike Wednesday’s game at Wilkes, in which Muhlenberg struggled to score only two goals, the six goals against Moravian came on the first 10 shots, and one of the ones that missed hit the post.

“It had to do with where we were positioned on the field,” commented Pitetti, who came into the game with one goal in his career. “We had good depth. The forwards were in the right place at the right times, and the finishing came easy.”

The finishing also was made easier by good passing. All six goals were assisted, with Assous and King leading the way with a pair of assists apiece.

“We’ve been doing a lot of ball work with each other, trying to string passes together,” said Pitetti. “It really paid off today.”

Muhlenberg, ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is 4-0 for the first time 1994 and has an 11-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season.

The win gave Muhlenberg a 2-0 lead in the Matte Award standings for the 2005-06 year. The next Matte contest is a volleyball match at Moravian on Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Last updated September 10, 2005