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Armstrong nets gamewinner; Levine injured
Men’s Soccer, Football Also Ranked

Undefeated and unscored-upon through three games, the Muhlenberg field hockey team is ranked 12th in Division III in the first STX/NFHCA poll of the 2003 season.

The last time the Mules were ranked was 2000, when they also were 12th after starting the season with a 4-0 record. They dropped their next game at Scranton, however, and finished at 9-9.

Muhlenberg will put its ranking to the test with its first road game tomorrow at ... Scranton. The Mules host Susquehanna, ranked 19th in the poll, this Saturday and 17th-ranked Montclair State next Saturday.

The top 20:
1. New Jersey (4-0)
2. Messiah (2-0)
3. Rowan (2-0)
4. Lebanon Valley (1-0)
5. Salisbury (1-0)
6. McDaniel (3-0)
7. Cortland State (1-0)
8. Middlebury (1-0)
9. Mary Washington (2-1)
10. Springfield (2-0)
11. Williams (1-0)
12. MUHLENBERG (3-0)
13. Skidmore (1-1)
14. Ursinus (1-1)
15. Catholic (1-0)
16. Bowdoin (1-0)
17. Montclair State (2-0)
18. William Smith (1-1)
19. Susquehanna (2-0)
20. Eastern Mennonite (3-0)


The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team fell from fifth to ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region after dropping a 1-0 decision to unranked Wabash.


The football team received six votes in the first poll of the season. Kings Point, which handed the Mules a 22-14 defeat, landed at No. 26 in the poll.

The celebration did not last long for the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team, but the Mules got a much-needed win, 2-1, over Centenary.

Only 33 seconds after Rebecca Armstrong’s goal gave the Mules a late lead, senior midfielder and co-captain Courtney Levine went down with a back injury. The game was delayed for nearly half an hour while medical crews attended to Levine, but she is expected to be fine.

The rest of the team should be OK too, after Armstrong’s goal with only a minute remaining.

Despite doubling the Lady Cyclones in shots, Muhlenberg (3-1-1) found itself tied late in the game and was having trouble converting on scoring opportunities. Then Armstrong got the ball with her back to the goal, just outside the box, found some space, turned and shot. The junior forward was relieved when she saw the ball go in the top left corner.

“We finally capitalized, ” Armstrong said. “It’s just good to get a goal like that after we had trouble capitalizing all weekend long.”

Muhlenberg struggled to score against some tough competition in the Mule Invitational over the weekend. They were shut out by No. 22 Scranton Friday, then only got one goal on 26 shots Saturday in a tie with regionally ranked Greensboro.

“We just weren’t clicking,” Armstrong said.

There was more frustration in the first half for the Mules. They outshot Centenary 14-3, but took just a one-goal lead into halftime.

That goal came from the foot of Levine, off a long pass from sophomore midfielder Amy Schmidt. It was Levine’s second goal of the year and raised her point total to five. She is third on the team in both categories. Armstrong leads the Mules with 4 goals and 10 points.

Centenary (1-1) had only one scoring chance in the first half, but junior goalkeeper Stacey Spector made a diving save on the Jess Sikora shot. The Lady Cyclones tied the game in the second half on a long shot by junior defender Dana Tobia.

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Last updated September 9, 2003