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Friday, November 14, 2003
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Men’s Soccer Postponed
The NCAA men’s soccer regional at Drew has been pushed back a day due to high winds. Game times remain the same: on Saturday, Drew vs. Virginia Wesleyan at 11:00 and Muhlenberg vs. Stevens Tech at 1:30, and on Sunday the winners meeting at 1:00.

Football Closes Out Regular Season

The Muhlenberg football team closes out its regular season in traditional fashion, hosting local rival Moravian at Scotty Wood Stadium on Saturday. The two Lehigh Valley teams have scheduled their finales against each other every year since 1958.

The game will be broadcast on WMUH 91.7 FM and on the Web. Coverage will start with a full hour of the Mules Kickoff pregame show at noon. The contest is also being televised live by Service Electric TV2.

When two rivals go at it, they say you can “throw out the records,” and that is just what Moravian will try to do. The Greyhounds are 3-6 and have lost three in a row, including a last-second 28-24 setback at Albright last week that spoiled a phenomenal 51-carry, 319-yard rushing effort by freshman Chris Jacoubs.

Muhlenberg, on the other hand, comes in with a six-game winning streak and is looking to win seven in a row in one season for the first time since 1946. The Mules (6-2) will also have their eyes on the Johns Hopkins-at-McDaniel game. A Hopkins win would send Muhlenberg to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

Moravian leads the all-time series, 30-19-2, but Muhlenberg has won four of the last five. The ’Hounds’ lone win in that span came two years ago, when the teams were in similar circumstances: Muhlenberg came in 7-2 and Moravian 3-6, but the Greyhounds pulled off the 17-7 upset.

Senior Matt Bernardo has won the Bianco Award as Mule MVP of the Moravian game twice in his career. He enters the Moravian game needing 115 rushing yards to reach 4,000 for his career and ranked in the top 30 in Division III in both rushing yards and all-purpose yards. Mule senior Kodi Shay is second in Division III in kickoff returns, third in all-purpose yards, 11th in receiving yards per game, 16th in punt returns and 30th in scoring.

Saturday’s game, along with the women’s and men’s cross country races, will impact the Matte Award standings for the 2003-04 year. The schools are currently tied with 2½ points apiece.

NCAA Women's Soccer Regional

With its conquest of the Centennial Conference complete, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team faces a new challenge tomorrow as it begins NCAA Tournament play with a 7:30 match against Eastern Connecticut on Varsity Field.

The Mules (15-3-2) claimed their third CC title in four years with a 1-0 homefield win over Gettysburg in last Sunday’s CC Tournament final. Eastern (10-6-2) squeaked by top seed and host Keene State on penalty kicks after a scorless draw in the final of the Little East Conference Tournament on penalty kicks. It is the second NCAA berth for the Warriors, their first since 1989.

The winner will play Sunday, against either second-ranked Scranton (20-0-1) or Frostburg State (16-4), who meet in the first game of tomorrow’s doubleheader. Scranton cruised through its season, allowing only two goals, on its way to its fifth straight Freedom Conference crown. Frostburg State earned an at-large berth and defeated Westminster (Pa.) in an NCAA first-round game Wednesday.

Muhlenberg senior Courtney Levine admitted she doesn’t know much about Eastern, but said that any team that has made it this far must be talented.

“We need to come out the way we’ve been playing,” Levine said. “We usually try to come out the first 15 minutes and set the tone for the game. I think if we can come out really strong the first 15, we’ll be okay.”

If the Mules get by the Warriors, undefeated Scranton could be waiting. The Royals and assistant coach Brad Levine, Courtney’s brother, defeated Muhlenberg, 2-0, on Sept. 5.

That challenge doesn’t bother the Mules’ Levine, who would prefer a chance to win “family bragging rights” to a game with once-beaten Messiah or a rematch with New Jersey, which knocked Muhlenberg out of its last two NCAA Tournaments in 2000 and 2001.

“We’ve got the better bracket because we don’t have to go up against Messiah or College of New Jersey,” she said. “It’s to our benefit that they’ll have to play each other.”

But the Mules will focus on Eastern for now. The Warriors have not allowed a goal in their last four games. First-team All-LEC back Ashley Dynderski and senior goalkeeper Stacey Schofield anchor the defense. Four players have scored nearly all of Eastern’s goals. All-conference first-teamers Megan Taylor and Jen Ferrari have five goals apiece, while Meghann Booth and Jenn Orme have tallied six each. Taylor leads the squad with five assists.

Junior Rebecca Armstrong leads the Mule attack with 11 goals and five assists. All-time leading scorer Dawn Iberer has 10 goals and three assists, and Levine has scored eight goals and helped on six others. All three made the All-CC first team.

Senior Katrina Custance, another first-team selection, is the star of a back line that has shut out eight of its last 12 opponents. Kayla Boisvert is wrapping up a solid freshman year in the Mules’ net. She averages 0.77 goals against per game, 0.01 better than her Warrior counterpart.

“For us it has been a building season,” Levine said. “In the beginning it started off a little bit slow, and then we picked up the intensity.”

The Mules will look to keep the intensity rising and continue building for at least one more game.

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Last updated November 14, 2003