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Men’s Soccer Blanks Delaware Valley
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WMUH 91.7 FM will broadcast Wednesday’s important Centennial Conference women’s soccer game between Muhlenberg and Dickinson. The Mules (13-2, 7-0) enter the game in sole possession of first place in the CC and need to win two of their final three matches to clinch home field for the CC Tournament. The third-place Red Devils (10-4-1, 5-1-1) are one of five teams jockeying for the four playoff spots.

To listen in, go to the WMUH Web site and click on Real Audio. WMUH also plans to broadcast next Wednesday’s men’s soccer match against Franklin & Marshall.

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team received votes for the national top 25 for the second straight week. The Mules, who have won 11 in a row, are tied for fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

1. New Jersey (14-0)
2. Messiah (12-0)
3. Elizabethtown (12-3)
4t. MUHLENBERG (13-2)
4t. Scranton (11-3)
6. Gettysburg (9-5)
7. Johns Hopkins (9-3-1)
8. Salisbury (9-1-3)
9. Mary Washington (10-2-2)
10t. Rowan (8-4-1)
10t. Montclair State (10-2-3)
10t. Richard Stockton (9-4-1)

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team slipped to a tie for 10th place in the region after dropping games to Messiah and Western Maryland. The Mules have played or are scheduled to play eight of the other 10 teams that are ranked this week:

1. Messiah (13-0)
2. Johns Hopkins (12-1)
3. Drew (11-2-1)
4t. Arcadia (12-0-1)
4t. Carnegie Mellon (8-1)
6. Franklin & Marshall (9-1)
7. Gettysburg (11-3)
8t. Western Maryland (9-4)
8t. Elizabethtown (9-4-1)
10t. MUHLENBERG (7-5)
10t. Moravian (9-3-2)

• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 4, Dickinson 0. Senior Sarah Stitzer scored two goals in a span of 54 seconds to lead Muhlenberg (6-8, 3-4) to an important Centennial Conference win.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Mules are now in a three-way tie with Swarthmore and Dickinson for sixth place in the tight CC playoff race. Franklin & Marshall defeated Gettysburg, 3-1; both teams are tied for second place with a 5-2 CC record. Western Maryland (4-2) and
Holly Pico
Junior Holly Pico scored her 10th career goal against Dickinson.
Johns Hopkins (3-3), who were rained out, are fourth and fifth, respectively. The top four teams make the playoffs.

“We’re still alive!” beamed Stitzer after the game. “Everyone came out confident today. We knew Dickinson needed this game too, so we just kept fighting and fighting.”

Stitzer broke a scoreless tie by converting a pass from junior Stephanie Harvilla eight minutes into the second half. Moments later, she fired a loose ball into the net for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Junior Holly Pico assisted on the third goal (by junior Laura Diez) and scored the fourth. The four-goal half was the Mules’ biggest this season.

“Sometimes we play a little flat,” remarked Stitzer. “Today we focused on increments, 15 minutes at a time, and before you knew it we had four goals.”

Click here for box score.

• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 0. Freshman Chris Davis, making his first career start, recorded seven saves to earn the shutout as Muhlenberg (8-5) blanked Delaware Valley (8-7-1) in a non-conference game.

Freshman Tim Sparta opened the scoring at the 17:31 mark by receiving a pass in the box from senior Chris Rowley, spinning and beating the Aggie goalie to the far post. Later in the half, after junior Michael Hochkeppel hit the crossbar, junior Scott Lermack collected the rebound and whistled the ball into the net.

Hochkeppel capped the scoring with his first career goal, converting a breakaway that started when junior Quentin McDowell won a ball at midfield.

In addition to scoring three goals, the Mules hit the crossbar twice and the post once. Click here for box score.

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Last updated October 19, 2001