Six Seniors Named Soccer Captains

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Susan Galgano, C.J. Graetzer, Stephanie Tramutola, Amanda Wong Four seniors – Susan Galgano, C.J. Graetzer, Stephanie Tramutola and Amanda Wong – have been named captains of the 2013 Muhlenberg women’s soccer team.

Galgano (above left) has started all 37 games over the last two seasons. The center back helped anchor a strong defense that gave up just 14 goals a year ago, and was named to the All-CC Sportsmanship Team for the second straight year.

Graetzer (second from left) is coming off a spectacular junior season in which she earned All-CC first team honors and was selected to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team, becoming the first Mule to net all-region honors since 2009. The skilled midfielder led the Mules in scoring in CC contests with three goals and an assist, including a goal in a 2-0 shutout of nationally ranked Johns Hopkins. The program’s leading active scorer, Graetzer has 12 goals and 6 assists in her career, placing her just outside the top 15 on Muhlenberg’s all-time list with 30 points.

Tramutola (second from right) has also started every game since coming to Muhlenberg. The athletic right back, who played in the midfield as a freshman, has four goals and four assists in her Muhlenberg career, and scored in a 4-0 victory over Washington College last year.

Wong (right) started five games at goalie a year ago, posting two shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.61. Wong stopped 12 of the 15 shots she faced, tallying 442 minutes of action.

The Mules begin practice on Saturday before opening the season on Friday, August 30, against Brockport State in their first game of the Colonel Classic at Wilkes. Muhlenberg will take on the tournament host the following day and meet Delaware Valley in its home opener on Sunday, September 8.

The men’s team, meanwhile, will be captained by a pair of seniors – Ryan Barlotta and Jonathan Schauer.

Barlotta (below right) and Schauer (below left) were crucial members of a Mules defense that surrendered just 15 goals in 16 games last year.

Barlotta had started every game since coming to Muhlenberg before suffering an injury last year. The veteran left back played in just seven contests in 2012, starting six of them. Barlotta has made 45 starts in his Mules career, tallying a pair of assists to go along with his standout defensive play. Barlotta was also named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the second straight year. Ryan Barlotta, Jonathan Schauer

Schauer has started every game over the last two seasons. The hard-working center back has helped the Mules allow just 32 goals in that span. Schauer even scored a goal in a 2-0 victory over Gettysburg last year, and has found the back of the net three times in his Muhlenberg career.

After finishing with an overall record of 11-5 and the program’s 27th consecutive non-losing season a year ago, the Mules begin practice on Saturday before hosting Rutgers-Camden in the season opener on Friday, August 30. Muhlenberg takes on Neumann at home the next day, and the Centennial Conference opener takes place Saturday, September 21, against Gettysburg.