Men’s soccer pushes hopkins to limit
The Mules held the Blue Jays, the top scoring team in Division III, more than three goals below their average. And for the last 30 minutes, it was hard to tell which team
Muhlenberg (5-3, 2-2) struggled to keep possession in the early going, but scored the first goal of the game when junior Brendan Carroll found senior Karim Assous behind the Hopkins backs on a counterattack. Assous drilled a shot on the ground inside the far post with 16:25 elapsed for his second goal of the season.
The Blue Jays (11-0, 4-0) tied the score less than seven minutes later and went ahead three minutes into the second half. Hopkins, which won nine of its first 10 matches by at least three goals and scored eight goals in each of its previous two games, kept up the pressure, forcing senior Peter Bennett to make two nice saves on close shots.
As the half went on, the Mules began to gain confidence, stringing passes together and winning 50-50 balls. They had two golden opportunities to tie the game, both on shots by junior Billy Dalton. In the 69th minute, his shot was headed out of the goal by a Hopkins back, and 15 minutes later he hit the crossbar.
With time running down, Muhlenberg pulled out all the stops, even sending Bennett into the box on a corner kick. The tall goalie got his head on the ball, but the Mules could not score the equalizer.
Muhlenberg finished a stretch of five games against opponents with a combined record of 31-4-1 by going 2-3. All five games were decided by a single goal.
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