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2 Football honors


Needing at least a tie to land a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team played Ursinus to a 1-1 draw in its last game of the regular season.

The Mules (8-4-3, 4-3-2) finished in fifth place in the CC and will open the playoffs at fourth-place Gettysburg on Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

Muhlenberg would have earned a first-round home game with a win and hoped to get it against a Bear squad that is winless in its last 28 CC matches.

The teams traded goals early in the second half, with sophomore Steve Tenenzapf scoring his first career goal in the fifth minute after the break, converting a diagonal cross from junior Jonathan Kliewer. Ursinus (1-12-3, 0-7-2) tied the game on a counterattack four minutes later.

The Mules had two good shots at breaking the deadlock, but senior Peter Palomaki hit the post in the 65th minute, and freshman Eric Gonzalez had his header right in front of the goal saved in the first overtime.

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The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team continued its torrid streak to the Centennial Conference playoffs, blanking Ursinus 2-0 for its eighth win in a row.

The two teams will meet again in the first round of the CC playoffs on Wednesday. By virtue of their win in the regular-season finale, the Mules (12-5, 7-3) will host that game. The Bears (8-6-1, 5-4-1) needed a win to have the rematch at their field.

Freshman Christina O’Grady scored both goals, one in each half. With 13:35 left
Christina O'Grady
O’Grady watches as her first goal heads toward the net.
in the first half, she finished a counter off an Ursinus corner kick. Senior Elana Rabinowitz’ long clearing pass found O’Grady in the open just past the center line. She sped around a defender, went to goal and slipped a shot past the keeper into the left-side netting.

Muhlenberg acquitted itself very well in the second half despite going against the wind on a blustery day. The Mules outshot the Bears, 8-3, in the second 45 and got their insurance goal midway through the period. Freshman Jayne Condon played a ball from the right flank into the box to O’Grady, who put in the rebound after her first shot was saved.

It was the first career multiple-goal game for O’Grady, who is tied for the team lead with 16 points.

Senior Kayla Boisvert continued her solid play in goal, making two saves and thwarting several Ursinus runs in her 13th career shutout. She has allowed only one goal in her last 573 minutes.

Muhlenberg’s eight-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in team history.

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Last updated October 29, 2006