HALLOWEEN FULL OF TREATS FOR MEN’S SOCCER
The Mules (11-3-2, 7-1-1) defeated Ursinus 1-0 to win the CC regular season title and bring the CC Tournament back to Allentown for the first time since 2003.
“We’re really excited to be able to host the tourney,” said junior Tom Reilly. “We have a great home crowd and there are a lot of really great teams in the conference.”
Junior Matt Cecconi scored the game’s lone goal in the 34th minute, dribbling between two defenders down the right side and ripping a shot from outside the 18 into the bottom left corner of the net. The goal was Cecconi’s first of the season and the second of his career.
“We usually don’t count on our defenders to score, but he came up with one today,” said Reilly. “It was a great goal, and luckily it was all we needed.”
“A lot of people didn’t think we’d be this good this year, but we’re first in the conference in large part because of the seniors,” said Reilly. “They all really stepped up for us this year.”
Neither side could muster much offense in the early going, as no shots were recorded in the game’s first 22 minutes. Cecconi’s goal came on the Mules’ fourth shot of the game, and Jones narrowly missed a goal of his own less than two minutes later when he blasted a low shot just wide.
“It was kind of an ugly game, but great teams have to grind out those wins,” said Reilly.
Muhlenberg kept working to build its lead in the second half, but its attack was stalled by a red card in 63rd minute. The Mule defense buckled down from there, allowing Ursinus (3-11-2, 0-8-1) just one shot, which came with just over a minute to play, while down a man.
“We had to pick and choose our attacks once we went down a man,” said Reilly. “We wanted to hold and possess the ball and make them work for it. For the most part we did a good job of that.”
That good job means the Mules have a week to prepare for hosting the playoffs. Halloween will be longer over by then, but they’ll be hoping there are still some treats in store for this season.
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