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Sterbinsky gets first hat trick

The Messiah men’s soccer team scored late in each half and defeated Muhlenberg, 2-0, snapping the Mules’ five-game winning streak.

The Falcons (5-1-1), who have won two of the last three national championships, came into the game ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Muhlenberg (6-2) was second in the region and 16th in Division III.

The Mules outshot the visitors, 15-14, and had a 5-2 edge in corners, but could not put the ball in the back of the net depsite several good chances.

Messiah’s first goal, with 2:55 left in the first half, came when a long free kick was headed in. The Mules were pressing forward with 4:50 left in the game when the Falcons’ All-America forward scored on a counterattack.

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The Muhlenberg field hockey team broke open a close game with four goals in the second half, including three in the final seven minutes, to defeat Richard Stockton, 5-0.

Sophomore Alexa Sterbinsky recorded her first career hat trick, giving her five goals on the year.

Sterbinsky’s three-goal effort comes on the heels of a Kristen Bruschi hat trick in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Montclair State. It is the first time since 1973 that two different Mules have scored hat tricks in back-to-back games.

“It was fun,” Sterbinsky said. “My team really motivated me and I really had to do it for them.”

The No. 7 Mules (8-0) were somewhat sluggish in the first half, with Sterbinsky scoring the only goal.

They turned it on after the break, outshooting the Ospreys (3-4), 12-4, in the final 35 minutes. Katie Thomas was the first to find the goal, scoring her second goal less than three minutes into the half.

The floodgates opened as the game winded down. Freshman Jessica Hand scored her second goal of the year before Sterbinsky got two more.

Sterbinsky’s second score was the goal of the day. She received a penalty corner and pushed the ball to Lauren Jacobs. Rather than shooting, Jacobs slipped the ball back to Sterbinsky, who drove it past the goalkeeper.

“We’ve been practicing that all year and it finally worked,” said Sterbinsky.

Many things have been working for the Mules, who have won 12 straight games and open conference play when they host McDaniel Friday.

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Last updated September 24, 2003