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Saturday, October 12, 2002
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Midterm Report Card

With Muhlenberg observing its Fall Break and most teams at or just past the halfway point in their seasons, we asked athletes to grade their team’s performance to date. Tomorrow: Field Hockey and Volleyball.

Football: B

Muhlenberg started 4-0 for the first time since 1983 and earned its highest ranking ever (28th) in the Division III poll before suffering a 35-14 loss at McDaniel last weekend. The Mules are 12th in Division III in scoring offense, averaging 40.8 points per game, and rank fourth with a plus-13 turnover margin.

“Since we’ve won four out of five, I would give our team a B,” said senior quarterback Justin Jones. “We have a lot of talent on the team and we beat some good teams so far. Unfortunately, we lost to a good team in Maryland, but we still have our heads up for the rest of the season and are excited to get better every week.

Justin Jones
Jones (pictured scoring a touchdown against Kings Point) has been responsible for 12 of the Mules’ 20 offensive touchdowns, throwing for eight and rushing for four.

“Each game gives you a chance to get better and learn from your mistakes you made in the previous games. So our most important game is always our next game.

“Every win during the season is significant, but if I would have to pick [the most significant], it would be Cal Lutheran. We were very excited to avenge our loss from last year and it gave us a lot of confidence.”


Freshman Jose Ramirez scored with 1:44 remaining in the first overtime
Jose Ramirez
Ramirez has scored two goals this season, and both were “Golden Goals” in 1-0 overtime wins.
period to give the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team a 1-0 Centennial Conference road win against Washington.

The win was the second in five days against a regionally ranked opponent for the Mules (9-5, 3-2), who nipped Elizabethtown by a 1-0 score on Tuesday. The Shoremen (6-5-1, 2-3) entered the week ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

On the game-winning goal, Ramirez took a pass from senior David Vassilaros. Washington goalkeeper Ryan Miller came out to challenge the shot, but Ramirez slipped the ball past him and into the net.

Sophomore Chris Davis made five saves to record his eighth shutout of the season.

Muhlenberg improved its all-time record against Washington to 14-0-2. The only school the Mules have played more often without a loss is Lebanon Valley (17-0-2).

Six of the Mules’ nine wins this season have come by a 1-0 score.

Click here for box score.

• Field Hockey Postponed: The scheduled field hockey game at 11th-ranked McDaniel was postponed due to poor field conditions. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 1:00.

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Last updated October 12, 2002