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Will Face Franklin & Marshall in Semifinal
Soccer Teams Ranked

WMUH 91.7 FM will broadcast Wednesday’s important Centennial Conference men’s soccer game between Muhlenberg and Franklin & Marshall. Both teams are in contention for CC playoff berths as the regular season winds down this week. The Diplomats (10-2, 6-1) are currently in second place, and the Mules (10-5, 4-3) are tied for the fourth and final playoff spot.

To listen in, go to the WMUH Web site and click on Real Audio.

The Franklin & Marshall game will be the seventh for Muhlenberg against a team ranked in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region top 10. The Mules, who are ranked eighth themselves, were 2-4 in the first six. Here are the rankings:

1. Messiah (14-1)
2. Johns Hopkins (13-2)
3. Arcadia (15-0-1)
4. Drew (12-3-1)
5. Carnegie Mellon (10-2)
6. Gettysburg (13-3)
7. Franklin & Marshall (10-2)
8t. MUHLENBERG (10-5)
8t. Western Maryland (11-4)
10. Elizabethtown (11-5-1)

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team remained in a tie for fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

1. New Jersey (15-0)
2. Messiah (14-1)
3. Elizabethtown (14-3)
4t. MUHLENBERG (15-2)
4t. Scranton (14-3)
6. Gettysburg (11-5)
7. Johns Hopkins (11-3-2)
8. Salisbury (12-1-3)
9. Mary Washington (11-2-3)
10t. Rowan (11-4-1)
10t. Montclair State (12-3-3)
10t. Richard Stockton (14-4-2)

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 3, Ursinus 0. Sophomore Dawn Iberer scored the first goal and assisted on the second as Muhlenberg (16-2, 10-0) ended its Centennial Conference season with an unblemished record by blanking Ursinus (5-11-3, 2-7-1) in the regular-season finale.

The Mules will now turn their attention to defending their 2000 championship at this weekend’s championship tournament. In the two other key CC matches of the day, Gettysburg outscored Dickinson, 5-4, and Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall played to a 1-1 tie. Muhlenberg will face F&M (6-3-1, 12-4-1) in one semifinal Saturday, with Gettysburg (12-5, 9-1) and Johns Hopkins (11-3-3, 6-2-2) squaring off in the other. The winners meet Sunday for the championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

With tonight’s victory, Muhlenberg set a school record for most wins in a season and tied the mark for most shutouts in a season (10). The team has won 14 in a row, the longest winning streak for any Muhlenberg team since softball won 20 straight in 1991.

Iberer’s scored the first goal – her 14th of the season – after she intercepted an errant pass from a Bear defender. Late in the first half, she teamed up with freshman Rebecca Armstrong on a 2-on-1 breakaway. The three points made Iberer only the second player in team history to record 30 points in back-to-back years.

The Mules played mostly reserves in the second half and didn’t miss a beat, adding an insurance score on the first career goal by sophomore Jennifer Gitto.

“All the talent we have on the bench has helped this year,” said Jennie Vroman, who was honored before the game as the only senior on the team. “It’s allowed us to sub freely and give everyone a breather. I have respect for every single player on this team.”

Muhlenberg is 60-17-3 (.769) during Vroman’s four-year career, including two ECAC Mid-Atlantic championships, one CC championship and one CC regular-season championship.

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• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 3, Bryn Mawr 0. Muhlenberg (8-9, 4-5) closed out its regular season on a high note by defeating Bryn Mawr (1-14, 0-9). Junior Holly Pico scored two goals to win the team scoring title with 17 points. Freshman Kristen Bruschi had a goal and an assist, and sophomore Danielle Kline assisted on the final two goals for her first career points.

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Last updated October 23, 2001