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take two more on big wins for men’s soccer and women’s cross country
CROSS COUNTRY

Mule/Falcon Classic champions

Karen Mount could hear the footsteps behind her, even though there were none.

The Muhlenberg senior breezed to the gold medal at the Mule/Falcon Classic yesterday, crossing the finish line a full 64 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Cabrini. Her performance led the Mule women’s team to its third title since 2001.

A large field of 118 runners made the early going on the Cedar Crest campus tough. Mount was
Karen Mount
Mount crosses the finish line, with no one else in sight.
stuck in a big pack of runners before breaking away around the mile mark. And break away she did to earn her first career first-place finish in cross country. Her previous best was third place at the 2003 Mule/Falcon Classic.

“I didn’t think I had that big of a lead,” said Mount. “I usually like to chase people down, but when I'm in front I imagine that there are footsteps behind me. And when I hear Coach yelling for other people, I think I’d better pick it up.”

Mount was the first Muhlenberg female to take the gold at the Mules’ lone home meet since Katie Garrett in 2001. But she wasn’t the only member of her team to run a good race on an extremely humid morning.

Freshman Kathryn Niedzwiecki (fifth) and sophomore Christy Goff (ninth) also finished in the top 10, leading a contingent of talented young Mule runners. Other than Mount, the rest of the top seven consisted of freshmen and sophomores. First-year students Cari Baumgartner, Laura Lipari and Janette Adams along with sophomore Laura Clinton rounded out the group.

“This was a huge improvement from last week,” said Mount, who is one of the team’s two captains. “A lot of freshmen really stepped it up. We’ve been doing lots of hills, so we were ready for that hill at the end of the race.”

SOCCER

Early on in Saturday’s showdown with ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins, it looked like it might not be the Mules’ day.

Just four minutes into the game, a shot by senior Jose Ramirez beat the goalie but was saved off the line by a defenseman. A couple of minutes later, Muhlenberg committed a careless turnover deep in its end of the field, leading to a Blue Jay goal.

Ramirez also hit the crossbar on a direct kick midway through the first half. Chances against a
goal celebration
Senior Matt Pitetti celebrates his go-ahead goal in the final two minutes of the first half. Pitetti has scored eight points this season after totaling five in his previous two years with the team.
team like Hopkins, which allowed only six goals all last season, are normally limited, but the Mules kept plugging away and wound up with a 4-2 win before a large crowd at Varsity Field.

“It was a great team effort,” said senior Adam Milberg, who iced the game by converting a penalty kick with five minutes left. “We had a lot of momentum going into this game and we knew it would be the biggest test of the year. The win keeps the momentum going.”

The win was the Mules’ first against a top-10 team since 2003, when they began Centennial Conference play by defeating No. 8 Johns Hopkins, 3-1. That victory propelled Muhlenberg to an undefeated CC season and the conference championship.

“This is a huge morale booster that will set us up for the rest of the season,” remarked senior Christopher King, who broke a 2-2 tie with 14:42 on the clock. It was the third game-winning goal of the season for King. He has scored at least one goal in four straight games and has 11 goals and four assists, accounting for 26 of his 37 career points, in the Mules’ current 12-game unbeaten streak.

King is hardly Muhlenberg’s only offensive threat; he was one of six players in the scoring column against Johns Hopkins. The four goals were the most allowed by the Blue Jays in a CC regular-season game since 1999.

Hopkins has an all-time record of 92-15-2 (.853) in CC regular-season games, and Muhlenberg is responsible for six of the 15 losses. The Mules have the second-best mark, with a record of 83-21-5 (.784).

Muhlenberg’s win continued the trend of the home team having the upper hand in the heated rivalry. Since the start of CC play in 1993, home teams are 14-3-1 in games between Muhlenberg and Hopkins.


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Last updated September 18, 2005