Men's Soccer to Host NCAA Sectionals

Monday, November 17, 2014
 

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NCAA soccer logo For the second time in five years, Muhlenberg was selected to host the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Tournament in men’s soccer.

The Mules (15-1-3) will play Tufts (12-2-4) in a “Sweet 16” game at Varsity Field on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00, followed by a matchup between two-time defending national champion Messiah (20-0-1) and Cortland State (16-4-1). The winners on Saturday meet Sunday at 1:00, with the winner of that game advancing to the “Final Four” in Kansas City, scheduled for December 5-6.

Muhlenberg is in the “Sweet 16” for the fourth time in program history, having previously made it in 1995, 1997 and 2010. The 1995 team went on to the “Final Four,” falling in penalty kicks to eventual national champion Williams. In 15 all-time NCAA appearances, Muhlenberg has a record of 9-13-4.

The Mules, ranked seventh in Division III by D3soccer.com and 10th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, advanced to the “Sweet 16” this past weekend with a 4-0 win against Baruch and a shootout win against Catholic following a scoreless tie. Muhlenberg hosted those games and is undefeated (11-0-2) at home this season.

Muhlenberg enters this weekend’s play with a nine-match unbeaten streak since its lone loss to Centennial Conference rival Franklin & Marshall – which is also in the “Sweet 16” at Oneonta State. Included in that stretch were a pair of 1-0 wins in the CC playoffs for the sixth CC championship in program history. The Mules have not given up a goal in their last five games and have allowed only 11 in 19 games all season.

Tufts, ranked 20th by D3soccer.com, reached the “Sweet 16” for the second time in program history (the first in 20 years) with wins against Dickinson – a Centennial Conference rival of Muhlenberg’s – and host Wheaton (Mass.) this past weekend. The Jumbos finished first in the regular season in the New England Small College Athletic Conference but were defeated by Connecticut College in the quarterfinals of the conference playoffs. Like Muhlenberg, Tufts features a stingy defense that has allowed only 11 goals all season.