As might be expected from such a young team, Muhlenberg women’s soccer showed plenty of
inexperience in 2007. But it also displayed a great deal of promise.
Hendsey started every game for four years for the Mules, earning a spot on the Academic All-District second team the last two.
Starting 10 freshmen and sophomores for almost the entire season, the Mules finished 8-6-3 overall and 5-4-1 in the Centennial Conference. Although they missed out on the CC playoffs, they went 2-3 against teams that did earn berths. A loss at Franklin & Marshall and a tie with Dickinson, both non-playoff squads, proved to be Muhlenberg’s undoing.
Some of the games were thrillers – often for the wrong reason. In the Mules’ three ties, they allowed the equalizer with 4 seconds (Kean), 3:10 (Scranton) and 1:05 (Dickinson) left in regulation. Muhlenberg also came back from an early deficit to beat McDaniel in overtime, took nationally ranked Swarthmore to overtime and led defending CC champion Johns Hopkins with less than 20 minutes to play.
The Mules could be explosive on offense, starting with a season-opening 4-0 shutout of Gwynedd-Mercy. They
scored two goals in a 2:18 span against Neumann, three in a 4:39 span against Haverford, and four in a 3:23 span against Bryn Mawr. But the offense, which scored 20 goals in leading the team to a 5-1-3 start, netted one goal or fewer in six of the final eight games.
Francis scored a goal in Muhlenberg’s 5-0 shutout of Washington and finished her career with four goals and two assists.
Although it ended without a playoff berth, the season came to a satisfying close when Muhlenberg knocked off playoff-bound Gettysburg, 1-0, at home. The squad’s two seniors, Maura Hendsey and Megan Francis, combined on the lone goal, scored by Francis early in the second half.
Most of the team’s scoring (32 of 35 goals) was done by freshmen and sophomores. First-year player Valerie Patriarca led the Mules with 10 goals, tied for second-most in the CC and four short of the school record for freshmen. She scored a hat trick in just 96 seconds at Bryn Mawr, leading Muhlenberg to a 7-0 win – the most goals the team scored in eight years.
Sophomore Kasey Hacker contributed 16 points on six goals and four assists, while classmate Christina O’Grady added 12 points. Freshman Rachael Goldstein had a nice rookie campaign, scoring five goals.
O’Grady made the All-CC second team for the second year in a row and also was selected to the Academic-All District first team. Sophomores Kimberly Hacker and Samantha Hoffman received All-CC honorable mention.