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Monday, September 17, 2001
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A weekly look at what the Mules’ opponents are doing:

Field Hockey: Two Centennial Conference teams played nationally ranked opponents last week, with different results: Dickinson upset No. 16 York, 2-1 in double overtime, but No. 12 Gettysburg lost to No. 4 Rowan, 4-0. Muhlenberg’s two opponents this week, Wilkes and Washington, both recorded wins. Wilkes edged Delaware Valley, 2-1, to improve to 5-1, and Washington moved to 2-0 in the CC with a 4-1 win against Dickinson. Elsewhere, No. 14 Western Maryland improved to 5-0 by defeating Virginia Wesleyan, and Swarthmore finished second at the Seven Sisters Tournament.

Women’s Soccer: Dickinson, Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins joined Muhlenberg as winners in the opening weekend of CC play. Gettysburg needed overtime to nip Ursinus, 3-2, and Johns Hopkins edged Haverford, 1-0. Swarthmore blanked Cedar Crest, 5-0, to improve to 5-0. The Garnet has outscored its opponents 16-0 so far.

Men’s Soccer: All 10 CC teams played league games on Saturday, and the winners were Muhlenberg, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford and Johns Hopkins. Haverford’s 2-0 win against Western Maryland, in a matchup of two regionally ranked teams, gave the Green Terror its first loss of the season. In non-CC play earlier in the week, No. 9 Johns Hopkins was shocked at home by Arcadia, 3-2, and Gettysburg had its 33-game home unbeaten streak snapped by defending national champion Messiah, 6-0.

Volleyball: Most CC teams found themselves idle for the weekend when tournaments at Allegheny, Emory and Scranton were cancelled. Swarthmore hosted its own tournament and won it to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Muhlenberg Soccer Defeats Moravian

Chris Rowley
Senior Chris Rowley scored his first three points of the year against Moravian.
Senior Chris Rowley scored one goal and assisted on another to lead the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team to a 3-1 non-conference win at Moravian.

The victory gave the Mules a 2-0 lead in the Matte Award standings for the 2001-02 school year.

The Mules, ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, capitalized on a Greyhound mistake to score their first goal five minutes into the game. Moravian goalie Ryan Sculley fielded a wide cross with his foot on the endline, giving Muhlenberg its only corner kick of the match. After the ball came back out to the top of the box, junior Scott Lermack volleyed it to Rowley, who beat a defender and set up junior Tom Hartey perfectly.

Rowley made it 2-0 midway through the half when his left-footed turnaround from the top of the box found the upper right-hand corner of the net.

“I was actually just going to play it across the 6, but somebody yelled ‘Shoot it!’ at the last second,” said Rowley of his ninth career goal.

Muhlenberg extended its lead to 3-0 less than a minute into the second half when Lermack’s throw-in from the corner was flicked by sophomore Evan Smallwood onto the waiting foot of junior David Vassilaros, who knocked in his third goal of the season.

Moravian came back to score its only goal just 57 seconds later, but the match was scoreless the rest of the way. The Mules won despite getting outshot, 12-10.

“Sometimes it doesn’t have to be pretty to win,” commented Rowley. “Every game we’ve gotta be up for, and maybe we weren’t up for this game as much as we should be. That’s something we’re certainly going to work on. We have some big games coming up.”

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Last updated September 17, 2001