Women's Soccer Outlasts Muhlenberg, 2-1
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Braving the elements and a worthy opponent also battling for a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs, the Swarthmore College women's soccer team (9-5, 5-3) took care of business at home by defeating Muhlenberg by the score of 2-1 on a very wet Wednesday evening from Clothier Field Stadium.
Freshman Emma Sindelar scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 20th minute and also added an assist on sophomore Amber Famiglietti's goal in the 31st minute. The Mules (6-8-2, 3-4-1) fought back in the second half, using a goal from C.J. Graetzer in the 69th minute to mount a late-game comeback.
The match was played through heavy downpours for much of the second half, causing parts of the sidelines to puddle up. Despite the inclement conditions, the Garnet weathered the storm to earn a critical Centennial victory as it continues its quest to reach the postseason.
The first half was completely dominated by the Garnet. Swarthmore maintained possession for nearly the entire 45 minutes, out-shooting the Mules 7-2 - with those two shots coming in the final eight minutes of the first half. Possibly the most impressive feat for Swat was that six of its seven first-half shots were on target.
Sindelar opened the scoring for the Garnet in the 20th minute. She corralled a loose ball in front of the goal, fired past a diving 'Berg goalkeeper Michele Toher to give the Garnet a 1-0 lead.
Swarthmore added to its advantage in the 31st minute. Set up by Sindelar's corner kick, Famigietti took the ball from the air, settled and blasted it into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game.
As the weather deteriorated in the second half, the Mules picked up their game and made a late charge. With the rain reaching monsoon levels, the Mules cut the Garnet lead in half on Graetzer's goal in the 69th minute, making it a 2-1 game.
But 2-1 was as close as Muhlenberg would ever get to the Garnet. Thanks to an inspired effort from the Garnet defense, the attacking Mules could only muster one shot over the match's final 20 minutes.
In goal for the Garnet, senior Marie Mutryn made four saves. Toher made seven for the Mules.
With the win, Swarthmore maintains sole possession of fourth place in the Centennial Conference standings with two conference games remaining.
Swarthmore returns to action on Saturday for a Senior Day and Homecoming match against CCNY. Play is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.