Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2001
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Last year, when Muhlenberg won the Centennial Conference championship with an 8-1-1 record, its only league loss was to Johns Hopkins (8-2). Those two teams have been selected as co-favorites in the CC preseason coaches poll. Both squads received 93 points in the balloting, with the Blue Jays garnering six first-place votes and the Mules four. The two teams are scheduled to meet on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Muhlenberg. The complete poll, with first-place votes in parentheses (schools could not vote for themselves):

1. Johns Hopkins (6) ... 93 points
1. MUHLENBERG (4) ... 93 points
3. Gettysburg (1) ... 81 points
4. Franklin & Marshall ... 67 points
5. Western Maryland ... 62 points
6. Haverford ... 56 points
7. Dickinson ... 55 points
8. Ursinus ... 36 points
9. Washington ... 33 points
10. Swarthmore ... 19 points
11. Bryn Mawr ... 11 points

Mules to Face Tough Competition in Texas This Weekend

Jennie Vroman
Jennie Vroman, who received All-Centennial Conference honorable mention in 2000, is Muhlenberg’s lone senior.
For the first time ever, the Muhlenberg College women’s soccer team will enter the season as the defending Centennial Conference champion. In order to successfully defend their title, the Mules will have to find some new sources of offense.

Muhlenberg opens its season this weekend with a pair of games in San Antonio. The first game is against Trinity, which went 20-2 last year to reach the NCAA semifinals and is ranked third in the preseason Division III poll.

The Mules were 15-4-2 (8-1-1 CC) in 2000, tying the school record for wins and earning their first bid to the NCAA Tournament. They advanced to the second round before falling to the eventual national champion, The College of New Jersey.

One of the strengths of the team was a defense that allowed only 15 goals in 21 matches and returns intact in 2001. Junior Katy Hawkins and sophomores Monica Jones and Katrina Custance form the back three in front of junior goalie Kim Laurino, the program’s all-time leader with a career goals-against average of 0.68.

Offensively, the Mules lost three of their top four scorers from a year ago and 22 of their 42 goals. The lone returning starter at forward is Dawn Iberer, who had a sensational freshman season, scoring a team-high 14 goals and earning All-CC first-team honors. Senior Jennie Vroman, who has played defense and midfield during her Muhlenberg career, will be moved forward to help provide scoring punch.

In the midfield, the Mules graduated their first All-American, who also was the 2000 CC player of the year. Junior Jamie Gluck returns to her starting spot at central midfield, where she will be joined by sophomore Courtney Levine. Junior Michele Zito and sophomores Sharon Seggel, Jennifer Gitto and Lauren Pilger will compete for starting time along with several newcomers.

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Last updated August 29, 2001