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Saturday, November 15, 2003
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Women to Face Scranton in Round of 16

With goals from a pair of familiar sources, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 3-1, at Varsity Field to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Dawn Iberer scored two goals and junior Rebecca Armstrong had a goal and an assist for the Mules (16-3-2), who are undefeated in their last 13 games. They move on to the round of 16 to face undefeated and second-ranked Scranton on Sunday at 5:00. The Royals defeated Frostburg State, 1-0, in the first match of the night.

“We keep playing better and better each game,” Iberer said. “We want this so bad.”

With Armstrong’s help, Iberer got the Mules started in the 14th minute. Armstrong took a long throw-in from senior Katrina Custance on the right side of the box. She turned and passed to Iberer, who pushed the ball one step to her left and fired it past the Warrior goalkeeper.

Eastern (10-7-2) tied the score before the half, but Armstrong put Muhlenberg back ahead in the 58th minute. Closely guarded at the top of the box, Armstrong first faked to her right, then to her left, then pushed the ball back to her right and shot it over the goalie and into the left side of the net.

Armstrong moved into a tie for third in ’Berg history with her 32nd career goal. She played in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman, but feels more comfortable this time around.

“I didn’t really know what it meant then,” she said. “Being an upperclassman now, I feel like I know what I’m doing and I’m contributing.”

Iberer contributed one more goal to the ’Berg side of the scoreboard. After senior Dena Simons ripped a shot off the crossbar, Courtney Levine collected the rebound and passed to Iberer, who put in her 12th of the year.

The win means a date with Scranton in the “sweet sixteen,” but the Mules are not scared by the Royals’ 21-0-1 record. The teams met on Sept. 5 with Scranton winning, 2-0. That was before Muhlenberg began its long hot streak.

“We played them at the beginning of the season and we weren’t ready,” Iberer said. “Now it’s the end of the season and everybody’s got a clean slate.”

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• Men’s Soccer: Stevens Tech 3, Muhlenberg 1. Stevens Tech scored two goals in an eight-minute span wrapped around halftime to come from behind and defeat Muhlenberg in a second-round NCAA Tournament game at Drew.

The Mules, who end their season with a record of 17-5-1, opened the scoring in the ninth minute when James Henshaw scored his 11th goal of the season, taking a long pass and shooting to the upper left of the goal from 12 yards out.

The Ducks (19-1-2), ranked sixth in Division III, tied the score with just 3:01 to play before halftime and took the lead 4:59 into the second half. They advance to the regional final against Drew, a 3-0 winner against Virginia Wesleyan.

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Mules to Learn NCAA Destination Sunday

Senior Matt Bernardo rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to its seventh straight win, 24-0 against Moravian in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Meanwhile, in Westminster, Md., Johns Hopkins defeated McDaniel, 17-3, to put the Mules in the NCAA
Matt Bernardo
Bernardo won the Bianco Award as the Muhlenberg MVP of the Moravian game for the third time in his career.
Tournament for the second straight year. Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins tied for the Centennial Conference championship, but the Mules earned the CC’s automatic bid by virtue of their 14-6 win against the Blue Jays.

NCAA bids will be announced live on ESPNews on Sunday at 1:00 Eastern.

Muhlenberg (7-2) held the Greyhounds (3-7) to 227 total yards in shutting them out for the second consecutive year. The seven-game winning streak is the Mules’ longest in one season since 1946.

Bernardo opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run 38 seconds into the second quarter and capped it with a 2-yard burst up the middle with 13:49 to play. Bernardo’s 22nd 100-yard game pushed him over the 4,000-yard mark for his career (4,012).

Wide receiver Kodi Shay scored the Mules’ other touchdown on a 45-yard end around run to make the score 17-0 with 5:07 to play in the third.

Ryan Peer led the defensive effort with eight tackles and a blocked punt that led to a field goal. Joe Getz helped preserve the shutout by picking off a pass in the end zone early in the third quarter. He also broke up two other passes and punted six times for a 45.2-yard average, twice pinning Moravian inside its 2-yard line. Michael McCurley intercepted two pases.

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Last updated November 15, 2003