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Field Hockey Falls at Haverford
Despite outshooting Haverford 18-6 and having 13 more penalty corners, the Muhlenberg field hockey team fell, 2-1, suffering its first Centennial Conference loss of the season.

The Fords (3-5, 1-1) jumped on the Mules (6-4, 1-1) right away, scoring off a penalty corner just four minutes into the game. That would be the only shot Haverford took in the first half, as Muhlenberg dominated the action the rest of the period.

The Mules tied the score 12 minutes into the game when junior LisaAnn Polt tipped in a shot by senior Adrienne Verbich for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Muhlenberg got two other balls past the Haverford goalie, but both times a defender cleared the ball before it crossed the line.

The Mules controlled the action for the early part of the second half, but running uphill on the Fords’ sloped field took its toll. The game-winning goal came on a penalty stroke with 11 minutes to play, awarded when a Muhlenberg defender used her foot to keep the ball from going into the cage.

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Sophomore Alissa Constantinople scored the only goal of the game as the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team defeated
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Junior Kristen Cioeta leads a Muhlenberg run with a Swarthmore defender in pursuit.
visiting Swarthmore, 1-0. The win was the Mules first since an opening day victory over Cabrini.

Muhlenberg outshot Swarthmore 19-5, but found the back of the net just once. Nine minutes into the second half, Constantinople took a pass from sophomore Sara Gearin at the corner of the box. She turned around and blasted the one-timer into the right side of the net, past the outstretched arms of Swarthmore’s keeper.

“We knew we had to take a lot of shots today,” said Constantinople. “So when Sara dropped it to me, I knew what I had to do. Our mindset was to hold our ground today and not take another loss or tie. We’ve had a couple of close games that turned into frustrating losses. It’s a good feeling to get back in the win column.”

The Mules had a number of other shots to score, including hitting the post three times. Junior Elana Rabinowitz hit a post early in the first half and senior Kate Amari’s direct kick, late in the first half, hit the left post. Late in the second half they looked to extend their lead when Gearin took a pass from senior Amy Schmidt and went one on one with the goalkeeper. Her shot hit the inside post and deflected to junior Andrea Dello Russo, who shot it high.

After Muhlenberg controlled the ball for most of the first 40 minutes of the second half, Swarthmore came on strong over the last few minutes in an attempt to tie the game. The Mule defense was up to the challenge and junior Kayla Boisvert recorded her second shutout of the season.

“They were relentless,” said freshman Heather Scudellari. “We were a little nervous late in the game. We wanted to hold our ground and not go into overtime.”

The Mules did indeed hold their ground as they improved to 1-1-1 in the Centennial Conference while the Garnet fell to 0-2-1.

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Last updated September 27, 2005