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MEN’S SOCCER REBOUNDS FOR CC WIN
Field Hockey Corners McDaniel
Football Drops Second Straight
FIELD HOCKEY
Muhlenberg scored on consecutive penalty corners midway through the second half to defeat McDaniel, 2-0, in its Centennial Conference opener.

With 17:12 left in the game, sophomore Lauren Rutt took the corner sweep and passed it to sophomore Nikki Rhoads, who fired the ball in for her first career goal.

A little more than three minutes later, senior Steph Light blasted a shot from the top of the circle for her first career goal, giving the Mules (6-3, 1-0) a 2-0 lead.

The Green Terror (4-3, 0-1) had a chance to cut the deficit in half with under seven minutes to play, but a penalty stroke hit the sidebar.

Junior Lauren Schram made seven saves for her fourth shutout of the year.

This was the first Muhlenberg-McDaniel game decided by more than one goal since 1997.

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CROSS COUNTRY
Running at less than full strength, the Mule women finished second and the men fourth at Misericordia’s Cougar Classic.

Freshman Kathryn Niedzwiecki led four Muhlenberg runners in the top 10 – three freshmen and a sophomore – by finishing fifth.

The men, resting most of their top seven for the second week in a row, were led by senior Joseph Ganser in 11th place.

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VOLLEYBALL
Muhlenberg (8-6) completed an 0-4 weekend at the MIT Invitational by dropping matches to Vassar and Colby in the silver bracket. Click here for box scores.

MULES DONE IN BY TURNOVERS

The Muhlenberg football team lost four fumbles, three of which proved to be costly, and dropped its second game in a row, 16-6 at Grove City.

The Wolverines (1-3) scored their two touchdowns on drives of 26 and 13 yards following Mule fumbles, and a third lost fumble ended one of Muhlenberg’s best drives of the game.

Grove City took the opening kickoff and scored a field goal. The Mules (1-2) looked to answer right back, driving to the Wolverine 4-yard line, but failed on fourth down.

With less than a minute to play in the first quarter, Muhlenberg fumbled at its own 26-yard line. Seven plays later, Grove City crossed the goal line to go up 10-0.

The Mule offense caught fire in the final two minutes of the first half, as senior Tom Kelleher threw three straight completions covering 65 yards to give Muhlenberg its only points. The final 16 yards went to senior Kyle Douglass, who caught a touchdown pass for the third game in a row.

The Mules got the ball back with 37 seconds left and drove to the Grove City 19-yard line, but missed a field goal as time expired.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Mules moved from their own 39 to the Wolverine 20 before losing a fumble. They did not threaten to score again.

Senior Dan McCall led the defense with nine tackles, including two sacks. He now is the program’s all-time leader in career sacks with 20.

Freshman John DeLuca rushed for a career-high 50 yards.

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MEN’S SOCCER
Senior Jose Ramirez assisted on both goals as the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat Washington, 2-1.

The Mules (6-1, 2-0), who had their 12-game unbeaten streak snapped Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to DeSales, extended their home Centennial Conference unbeaten streak to 13. They also extended their unbeaten streak against the Shoremen (2-5, 1-1) to 19. Muhlenberg is 17-0-2 all-time against Washington.

With less than 20 minutes to play in the first half, the Washington goalie stopped a point-blank shot, punching it over the net. On the ensuing corner kick, Ramirez sent the ball to the far post, where senior Adam Milberg headed it back toward the near post. Sophomore Jonathan Kliewer was there to knock the ball in for his first goal of the season.

Ramirez, who hit the post with a shot later in the half, set up the Mules’ second goal with a run through the Shoremen defense early in the second half. After beating several backs to get a 1-vs.-1 with the goalie, he passed the ball off to senior James Henshaw, who tapped it into the open net for his 25th career goal.

Washington scored with two minutes to play, ensuring the fourth consecutive one-goal game between the two teams.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER
Unlike their male counterparts a week earlier, the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team escaped Varsity Field with its undefeated record and high national ranking preserved.

The Mules (1-4-2, 0-1-1) held the 15th-ranked Blue Jays (9-0, 2-0) to a scoreless standstill for most of the game, but Hopkins scored on a long shot with 14:30 left for the lone goal.

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Last updated September 24, 2005