The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team concluded their regular season with a resounding 1-0 win against McDaniel, capping off the campaign on a high note. Luke Feeney ‘24, one of the team’s senior leaders, says, “We have a very positive and confident outlook going into playoffs and have been getting the results we need. We know we can continue to be better and hopefully playoffs will allow us to show that.” This victory, along with Dickinson’s 4-2 win against Johns Hopkins, has secured the Mules the coveted third seed for the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs.
In a closely-contested match, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team achieved the decisive goal in the 28th minute, following a free-kick opportunity. Chris Richards ‘23 initiated the play by drawing a foul in the Green Terror’s defensive territory. The ensuing free kick was expertly executed by Evan Schlotterbeck ‘25, forcing the McDaniel goalkeeper to make a leaping save. Despite the goalkeeper’s efforts, Feeney capitalized on the rebound, registering his third goal of the season and clinching the match.
Notably, the Mules displayed their dominance in the match statistics, boasting a commanding 15-2 advantage in shots. Their tenacious defense allowed only one shot on goal, which came from a substantial distance late in the second half, resulting in the team’s ninth shutout of the season. With an impressive 11-3-2 overall record and a solid 5-2-2 standing in conference play, the Mules have demonstrated their competitive spirit throughout the season and are now poised for a strong postseason run. As Feeney emphasized, “The goal for the team is to win the Centennial Conference again. We have recent experience from last year’s playoffs, so we know what it takes to accomplish it.”
Team culture and dedication have also seen improvement in recent weeks, with Feeney noting, “The team culture has improved a lot within the last week. Practices have been very competitive, and all players are motivated. Hopefully, the competitiveness of practices will transfer into our games and we can have a long run in the playoffs.”
With their focus firmly set on the Centennial Conference playoffs, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team is gearing up to host Dickinson in the first round. This sets the stage for an exciting and fiercely competitive match, the details of which will be announced as the date approaches. The Mules currently celebrate their regular-season success and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to make their mark on Centennial Conference soccer.