Neary, Graetzer Named to All-CC Women's Soccer First Team

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Maggie Neary Muhlenberg women’s soccer players Maggie Neary and CJ Graezter were named to the All-Centennial Conference first team. Both were previously on the All-CC team multiple times, but never on the first team.

Neary (left), a senior back, anchored a Mule defense that led the CC by allowing only three goals in 10 league matches. In 19 games overall, Muhlenberg allowed just 14 goals – the fewest in a season in program history – despite using two goalies who came into the season with little collegiate experience. After the first game of the season, the only team to score more than one goal against the Mules was top-ranked Messiah.

CJ Graetzer Neary, who also contributed to the offense with a goal and two assists, was a four-year starter at center back. Of the 72 games played by Muhlenberg between 2009 and 2012, Neary started all but two. The Mules’ first first-team All-CC back since 2003, she was named to the All-CC second team as a freshman and received honorable mention in 2010.

Graetzer (right), a junior forward, was the Mules’ top scorer in CC games with seven points on three goals and an assist. Her points were big ones too: She scored the first goal in a 2-0 upset of Johns Hopkins, at the time ranked sixth in Division III, and she had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win against regionally ranked Swarthmore.

Graetzer will enter her senior season just outside the top 15 on Muhlenberg’s all-time list with 30 career points. She received All-CC honorable mention in both 2010 and 2011 and is the ninth Mule to earn All-CC recognition each of her first three seasons.

Muhlenberg finished the 2012 season with a record of 8-9-2 and earned its first CC playoff berth since 2009. This was only the second time since 2003 that the Mules had two first-team All-CC selections.
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