The Muhlenberg mens soccer team turned its season around
dramatically when it won its final five regular-season games and earned a
Centennial Conference playoff berth. After winning just three of their
first 12 games, the Mules posted their 19th consecutive non-losing season,
going 9-7-3 overall, 5-3-1 in the conference.
Davis ended his career with a 0.89 goals-against
The win streak reached six when Muhlenberg defeated Franklin & Marshall
on the road in the first round of the CC
playoffs. The win came in dramatic fashion, as freshman Jonathan
Kliewer found the back of the goal 1:21 into overtime for a 1-0
victory. It was the first overtime win of the year for the Mules, who had
yet to pull out an overtime game in five tries.
That set up a meeting with undefeated Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field,
which has historically not been good to Muhlenberg. Once again, the Mules
came away with a disheartening result. The two teams held each other
scoreless for 110 minutes, but the Blue Jays outscored Muhlenberg 3-0 on
penalty kicks to earn the right to go on to the CC title game.
At the time, Johns Hopkins was undefeated and ranked second in Division
III, and only twice had the Blue Jays been taken to overtime both
times by the Mules.
Muhlenberg placed five athletes, all juniors, on the All-CC team.
Forward James Henshaw, who received third-team all-region honors,
was a first-team selection after tying for the CC scoring lead with eight
goals. He ranks 15th in team history with 23 career goals.
Senior Ryan Melchior notched a career-high six points
on two goals and two assists in his final season.
Midfielders Christopher King and Jose Ramirez and center
back Adam Milberg were second-team honorees, and Ryan
Smallwood, who started the season in the midfield before moving to
back, received honorable mention.
King was Muhlenbergs leading scorer in CC matches with 10 points
and ranked second on the team with 15 points overall. Ramirez tallied
three goals and an assist. Milberg scored three goals and helped anchor a
defense that recorded shutouts in eight of 11 games against CC opponents.
Smallwood scored two goals and assisted on three others.
The Mules are losing only two seniors, but one is four-year starting
goalie Chris Davis, who did not allow a goal in his final 352
minutes and ended his career third on the teams all-time list with 27
shutouts. With a new keeper, Muhlenberg will attempt to lengthen its
seven-game unbeaten stretch when it begins the 2005 season.