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Women's Soccer Bests Muhlenberg in OT, 2-1

Leanne Ludwick
Leanne Ludwick
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Haverford College women's soccer team won its Centennial Conference opener with a 2-1 overtime victory at Muhlenberg on Wednesday night. The Fords (3-2, 1-0 CC) took a 1-0 lead late in the opening half, but the Mules (3-3-1, 1-1 CC) returned the favor by scoring with just 5:16 remaining in regulation to tie the contest. Nevertheless, Haverford ultimately had the final say as Leanne Ludwick tallied her first goal of the season just 2:09 into the second extra session for the crucial three conference points.

Mia Reyes opened Haverford's scoring in the first half as she took a pass from Hannah Krapes and was able to finish on the near post. Reyes' goal was her second of the season. Krapes' assist marked the first point of her senior season and was the fifth helper of her career. That goal came with just 5:30 remaining in the first.

Haverford really turned up the offensive pressure during the second half with an 11-4 advantage in shots during those second 45 minutes. The Fords finished the regulation time with a 20-10 advantage in shots, but it was the Mules who capitalized as Danni Steigerwald scored in heavy traffic following a free kick into the box.

The only scoring opportunity of the first overtime session belonged to Muhlenberg, although it came with time expiring as the Mules' shot traveled wide of the goal. After a short break, the Fords made the most of their first and only needed offensive chance of the overtime session with Grace Mathis playing a ball down the right wing to Ludwick who was there for the finish. Ludwick's goal was the seventh of her career after she scored three times during her first two seasons with the Fords. Mathis was credited with her third assist and seventh point overall during Haverford's three-match winning streak.

Haverford's attacks came from all over the field on Wednesday as the Fords finished with a 21-11 advantage in shots, featuring an 11-6 edge in attempts on goal. Eight different players had multiple shots on the evening, led by Katie Safter and Ludwick who each finished with four. Ali Weiner got the start and played the first 45 minutes in goal, making three saves. Hannah Friedrich came on after the half and made two saves as she ran her season record to 2-0.

Women's soccer will return home this Saturday as the Fords host Franklin & Marshall on Walton Field. That match is slated to get underway at 1 p.m.