The Muhlenberg womens soccer team put together another winning
season in 2004, going 10-6-2 overall, 6-3-1 in the Centennial Conference.
The team also made its fourth straight trip to the CC playoffs.
The Mules started the season by defeating William Paterson and Kean to
win their second consecutive Kean
Invitational Tournament. Muhlenberg then went on to capture four out of
its first six CC contests, including a 2-1 victory in the CC opener
against McDaniel, the only CC team to beat the Mules in 2003. But the team
fell to Johns Hopkins, Gettysburg and Ursinus and tied Haverford to earn
the fourth seed in the CC playoffs.
A four-time all-region selection, Armstrong ended her
career tied for second in team history in assists and third in both goals
Muhlenberg got a home game with fifth-seeded Ursinus in the first round
of the CC playoffs, just five days after falling to the Bears, 3-2, in a
game that had no bearing on the standings. The second time around
didnt go any better for the Mules, as they suffered another one-goal
loss in a very meaningful game. Ursinus scored with 6:01 left in the
second half for a 1-0 win to advance to the CC semifinals.
Four players earned All-CC honors for Muhlenberg. Senior forward
Rebecca Armstrong headlined the group, becoming just the fourth
player in CC history to earn first-team honors all four years. Armstrong
was also a
member of the All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team. She led the team in
scoring with 17 points on eight goals and an assist. Armstrong finished
her career as the ninth-leading scorer in CC history with an even 100
points on 40 goals and 20 assists.
Spector had a streak of 618 minutes without allowing
the goal and recorded shutouts in three of her four CC starts.
Junior Amy Schmidt earned second-team recognition after scoring
four goals in CC matches. The other two honorees, senior goalkeeper
Stacey Spector and senior sweeper Maureen McLaughlin,
received All-CC honorable mention. The duo was part of a defensive unit
that allowed only 11 goals in 10 CC matches. Spector emerged as a starter
for the first time in her career and led the CC in both goals-against
average (0.66) and save percentage (.891).
The five-member senior class compiled an outstanding career record of
58-20-4 and won two CC championships.