The magic number was one. Nine of the 16 Muhlenberg womens soccer
games were decided by one goal, and generally it was a late goal. Much to
the chagrin of the team, most of those decisions favored the opposition as
the Mules finished the season 4-10-2, including 3-6-1 in the Centennial
Two of Amaris three career goals were
game-winners, including one in the 2003 CC championship game.
Muhlenberg opened the season on the same day Head Coach Leslie
gave birth, and it cruised to a 5-1 victory over Cabrini, the teams
highest single-game goal total since 2002. The Mules then dropped a pair
of 1-0 losses at the Kean Invitational, with the winning goal coming in
overtime against Gwynedd-Mercy and late in the game versus Kean.
Muhlenberg played close with four of the five Centennial Conference
playoff teams, with the opposition coming up with the game-winning goal in
the last 20 minutes of regulation or in overtime each time, including each
of the last three home contests for Muhlenberg.
The Mules fell to eventual CC champion Johns Hopkins, 1-0, in one of seven
matchups on the season against regionally ranked opponents. Muhlenberg
overcame two one-goal second-half deficits, but not the third, in a 3-2
loss to Gettysburg. Against Dickinson, junior midfielder Andrea Dello
Russo, who had a team-high four goals, scored one of only 10 goals
by the Red Devils on the season in a 2-1 loss. In the season finale,
Ursinus scored the lone goal of the game in the second overtime.
Two of the Mules three conference victories came on the road with a
3-1 victory against Bryn Mawr and a 1-0 shutout of Washington (Md.).
Muhlenberg also shut out Swarthmore, 1-0, at home and tied McDaniel, 2-2,
on the road.
Schmidt was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic
All-District II College Division womens soccer first team.
Muhlenberg played close with the best of the conference and played great
defense, but struggled offensively. The Mules defense, led by senior
Katie Amari, sophomore Maura Hendsey and freshman Heather
allowed just 23 goals in 16 games and held 10 of 16 teams to one goal or
Amari joined classmate Amy Schmidt on the All-Centennial Conference
Schmidt, a midfielder, received second-team honors and finished her career
with nine goals and six assists, while Amari received honorable mention
and accumulated three goals and six assists over her four years with
Muhlenberg. During their careers, the Mules went 27-11-2 in regular-season
CC matchups, the third-best record in the conference during that stretch.