After winning the Centennial Conference regular-season title, but missing
out on the CC championship and the NCAA Tournament last season for the
first time in three years, the Muhlenberg womens
soccer team was ready to get the title back in 2003.
Iberer averaged 14.75 goals and 33.5 points in
four outstanding seasons as a Mule.
The Mules started off on the right track, winning their first two games
over St. Josephs and Kean to win the Kean Invitational, but their
championship mission hit a roadblock when the Mules lost their CC opener,
2-1, at McDaniel on Sept. 20.The loss served as motivation for the rest of
the Berg season. The team reeled off a 13-game unbeaten streak that
included wins in its last nine CC matches and in both games of the
conference tournament. The Mules reached the third round of NCAAs to
finish with a 16-4-2 record and a No. 23 national ranking.
After the McDaniel game, the Mules shut out their next four foes, starting
with a 2-0 home win over defending league champion Johns Hopkins. When the
CC playoffs rolled around, top-seeded Muhlenberg cruised by Ursinus, 3-1,
and edged second seed Gettysburg, 1-0, on Varsity Field to claim its third
Centennial crown in four seasons.
The Mules received a first-round bye and hosted an NCAA regional. They
defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 3-1, before losing, 1-0, to No. 2
Scranton in a battle that could have gone either way.
The Mules allowed just 79 goals and posted 38 shutouts
in the 85 games of Custances four years as a starting back.
Senior Dawn Iberer and junior Rebecca Armstrong led the team with 12 goals
each. Already the top Mule career goal-scorer, Iberer extended her lead
and shattered the career points record. She had career totals of 59 goals
and 134 points and ranks second in CC history in both categories. Iberer
was the first Muhlenberg athlete and the third CC womens soccer
player to make the All-CC first team four straight years.
Senior Courtney Levine notched eight goals and led the team with seven
assists to finish fourth in Mule history with 18 helpers.