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On Halloween night, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team took in a Hacker flick.

Freshman Kimberly Hacker scored the lone goal as the Mules defeated Ursinus, 1-0, in the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs. Muhlenberg (13-5) will take its nine-game
Andrea Dello Russo
Dello Russo is one of eight Muhlenberg seniors whose sophomore season was ended with a 1-0 home loss to Ursinus in the CC playoffs.
winning streak into the CC semifinals and a game against 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Friday.

The score came in the 14th minute after freshman Jayne Condon took a long shot from the left wing that took a hard bounce off the Bear goalie and caromed to Hacker, who easily put the rebound in for her fifth goal of the season.

The goal came shortly after an odd sequence in which senior Kayla Boisvert fielded a direct kick on the goal line, then dropped the ball after an Ursinus player made contact with her. The referee called interference and gave Muhlenberg a free kick, but not before consulting with his linesman – twice, leading onlookers to speculate that the ball had passed over the line for a goal.

That was most of the drama around the Mule goal, as the back three of junior Maura Hendsey and freshmen Samantha Hoffman and Ashley O’Grady limited the Bears (8-7-1) to five shots. Two came in succession with about a minute left in the first half, with O’Grady blocking the first one at close range and the rebound shot sailing high.

In blanking Ursinus for the second time in three days, Muhlenberg wrapped up a perfect October and improved its all-time postseason record to 12-5-1.

The Mules have never won in seven games at Johns Hopkins, including a 3-1 loss on September 23. That was the first of three straight CC losses that dropped Muhlenberg’s record to 4-5.

“We’re a lot different team than we were then,” said senior co-captain Andrea Dello Russo. “If we can control their forwards, this should be a good match.”

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