On Sept. 15, the Muhlenberg Women’s Field Hockey Team began Centennial Conference play at Scotty Wood Stadium. They opened up against Franklin and Marshall, who prior to the matchup, had an undefeated record of 5 – 0 was ranked number five in the country. But upon facing The Mules, the Diplomats lost the match, and their perfect season, as The Mules began their conference schedule off with a win by a score of 1-0. The team’s only goal was scored by senior Stephi Rydgren, and assisted on by freshman Megan Webber.
On Sept. 11 against King’s, the team suffered their fourth consecutive out-of-conference defeat to start the season, even after a second half rall. After the Monarchs struck first early in the second half, The Mules equalized just minutes later on a goal from Webber. The goal, which found its way just inside the left-post, marked her second goal of the season.
King’s retook the lead with just over seven minutes remaining, and then survived two penalty corners and a shot on goal in the final moments to hold off The Mules. Of the team’s four losses this season, three have come by just a goal. A bright spot in the loss was junior Jordan Segrave’s season-high five saves.
The Mules are hoping to continue their success this upcoming week. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, The Mules will be taking on Haverford at Scotty Wood Stadium. This game will be The Fords conference opener, coming into the matchup with a 4-1 out-of-conference record. Their only loss came at the hands of Rowan, the #15 ranked team in the country. Next on the schedule, the Muhlenberg Women’s Field Hockey team will be traveling to Dickinson on Sept. 22. The Red Devil’s opened conference play last weekend against Swarthmore, with a commanding 3-1 victory.
After defeating such a formidable Franklin Marshall field hockey squad, The Mules will go into the upcoming week with confidence. Though they’re a young squad, they’ve displayed lots of raw talent. As they continue to build chemistry and put more pieces together, they expect to develop into a fierce opponent, sooner rather than later.