Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Delaware State

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When senior midfielder Elana Falcone scored off of a deflection at the 4:10 mark to start the match, it seemed as though the Owl’s had already won.

 

Temple played the winless Delaware State University (DSU) Hornets Sunday at the Temple Sports Complex. The game went the Owl’s way, as they ended up winning 8-0 with seven different players scoring. This was Temple’s third win in the past four games and their third straight shutout as well.

 

“This game was important for us, we knew that we had the upper hand in this game,” Falcone commented. “We knew that we wanted to just stick to our own game plan and not play their game at all.”

 

Even before the match began it felt like DSU was overmatched. They were 0-8 coming into the match and have only scored one goal all year and have only taken 44 shots all year, including the shots taken in their matchup against the Owls. Temple on the other hand has scored 17 goals all year and has taken 133 shots.

 

The Owls had no trouble creating chances for themselves as the ball was always on the Hornet’s end. Of the 24 shots taken, a staggering 18 of those shots were on net, that’s a 75%.

 

“I think today that was the demand, I didn’t give them any scout on anybody,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “I just told them you’ve got to focus on yourself and do your job and once we did that then the opportunities and goals came.”

 

Temple scored its first three goals within the first 15 minutes and was up 5-0 at halftime. Almost every player got into the game for the Owls and junior goalkeeper Jordan Nash played the second half while sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Basileo played in the first half. Neither goalie was challenged.

Graduate student and forward, Morgan Glassford, added on, “How we started out was so important. Sometimes we’ll be in a 0-0 game and not a lot of subs will come in, so just knowing that we have so many players who can score off the bench is vital. It was awesome today.”

This is also the third straight game where the Owl’s have not given up a goal. The amount of shots that their opponents have had during this streak has declined each game as well. Basileo had the first two shutouts while she and Nash split the game today. “This streak has given us more confidence in what we are doing. Knowing that we are hard to score on has made us a very difficult team to play against,” O’Connor said. “Teams who play us know they will have to work hard to try to score on us and that usually leaves them open to one of our quick counter attacks where we can take advantage of our speed to get a shot on goal.”

 

The Owls will look to continue their hot streak Saturday  September 23rd, when they travel to New Britain to face off against the 3-5 Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

SportsDesk Spotlight Shines on TUWS Freshman, Emma Wilkins

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Coming into her freshman year, Emma Wilkins had a hard time adjusting to college soccer.

“It’s a drastic change from high school to college. You really have to be committed while here and you want to give it your all, even at practice. Having to manage your time wisely and taking care of your body more than usual is very important too because you’re playing more than you ever have before. It’s a lot more of a mental game as well. Coming in I wasn’t really confident in my game.”

Wilkins, a forward from Absegami High School in Galloway Township, NJ, was a high school standout, as she was named to Atlantic County’s First Team her junior and senior year. She played for Players Development Academy (PDA) United outside of high school and led that team in goals and won the NJ State Cup three times.

Her recruitment began around the middle of her junior year of high school and she was interested in coming to Temple right away. “Temple is very well known plus the campus is really nice and has a lot of improvements. We have a new locker room and a new facility but also it’s closer to my home than my other options were,” Wilkins said. “I’m familiar with Coach Seamus O’Connor and I know some of the other girls here. It was a much easier choice than the rest of my offers.”

Two of the girls that Dolan is familiar with are sisters Kelcie and Julia Dolan. Kelcie, a team captain and junior defender, and Julia, a freshman midfielder, attended Absegami with Wilkins. Having Julia come to Temple with her this year and being able to play with Kelcie again made it much easier for Wilkins to adjust to college. “It [playing together] has been a lot of fun. Everyone’s always said that me and Julia have a lot of chemistry together and I’m sure we’ll get to see that more as we get more comfortable. They’re both practically my sisters.”

The fifth game of the season is where Wilkins began to get into her groove. Wilkins has since adjusted and found her confidence. She put away two goals in The Owls matchup vs. Rider University, a comeback win for the Owls that also doubled as their first home win of the season. Moving along on September 3rd vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Wilkins added an assist to a 2-0 shutout win. She is currently tied for the team lead in points with five. Wilkins contributed her confidence boost to her teammates. “They believed in me before I really believed in myself. They may have not even known what I could do but they still knew that there was something in me,” she said, “They all really helped me out and putting and scoring those two goals really helped my game.”

While Wilkins’ contributions have helped the Owls in the last few games, she has attributed all of the late success to the team as a whole. Last year the team had a record of 3-16 and not even through at the halfway point of the season, the team has matched the win total from last year. She stated, “I’ve kept my confidence up and I just see how hard my teammates work and I don’t want to let them down,” Wilkins said, “We really want to do well in conference and to have a winning record in the end.”

Wilkins will look to keep up the pace as the season continues. Although the team is going to take it game-by-game, her main goal is to, “…score more goals and win more also. That’s my favorite part about the game.”

Owls Take Down Mount St. Mary’s In a 2-0 Shut Out

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PHILADELPHIA- On Sunday afternoon, Temple Women’s Soccer shutout the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 2-0. The win improved the Owl’s record to 3-3, matching the amount of wins they had last season. Mount St. Mary’s had a similar record of 3-2 before the start of this contest.

The Owl’s played an efficient game. They made crisp passes on the offensive side which led to strong runs down the sideline and several shots on goal. Mount St. Mary’s goaltender, Maggie Barron, dove on top of the ball inside the penalty box countless times. Temple’s momentum erupted  around the 15-minute mark when senior forward, Gabriella McKeown, moved around one defender and then struck the ball into the left side of the net. Freshman midfielder, Emma Wilkins, assisted on the play, making this her third point in the last two games.

 

With about 10 minutes left in the half, McKeown put in her second goal off of an assist by junior forward, Kerri McGinley. This would prove to be the goal that sealed the deal for the Owls as all they would have to do is play a clean game the rest of the way to ensure a win. The Mountaineers did make a few drives down the stretch, but they just could not come up on the score board.

 

The Owls defense continued to suffocate the opposing offense. Freshman defender, Aisha Brown, ran the Mountaineer offense down the sideline and was consistently able to clear the ball. Junior defender, Kelcie Dolan, teamed up well with Brown as she pushed the Mountaineers toward the sideline and as a result would force an errant pass. When freshman defender, Marissa DiGenova, came in as a sub for Dolan, she picked up right where Dolan left off.

 

Although the Mountaineers did outshoot the Owls 22-12. Temple was able to control the tempo with a comfortable lead throughout the entirety of the game.

 

The Owl’s will look to continue their winning streak Friday September 8th, when they go to Maryland to face the 3-2-1 Towson Tigers.

Two Wilkins Goals Lifts Temple Women’s Soccer Over Rider 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA— Temple Women’s Soccer improved to 2-3 on the year Thursday night, taking down the Rider Broncos at Howarth Field by a score of 3-1. Rider, playing in its third game the season, was looking to take home its first win while the Owls were looking for their second win in five games.

The Owls took control of the offensive side of the ball early, as they largely controlled possession and had more shots in the first half. However, Rider senior forward Ellie Smith opened up the scoring just nine minutes in off of a cross into the goalie box landed at her feet. That would go on to be the only goal for the visitors all evening.

Wilkins also played for PDA United U17-18, where she led the team in goals and was a three-time State Cup Champion. // Credit: Temple Athletics

Temple kept the pressure on Rider, getting chance after chance to tie the game up. It took until the 12th minute of the first half for Temple midfielder Emma Wilkins to find the back of the net. The freshman beat three Rider defenders down the middle of the field and scored to tie the game up at one.

Just two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Morgan Morocco showed exceptional speed to break the tie and give the Owls the lead. Sophomore defender Emily Keitel assisted on the play with a nice, long pass downfield that led Morocco right onto the ball who finished with her right foot.

The score stayed like this for a while as both teams had their chances throughout the rest of the first half and most of the second half. Temple’s defense continued tormenting Rider’s offense, making even the simplest pass a difficult one. Sophomore defender Lacey Powell stood out throughout the second half as she denied almost every chance that Rider had inside the penalty box. Most every shot that was put on net was turned into an easy save for Temple goalkeeper Morgan Basileo.

The final goal to seal the deal came with four minutes left in the contest, as Wilkins put in her second goal of the night off of a rebound and deflection. Up 3-1, the Owls went into cruise control and played the clock on their way to a victory.

Temple outshot Rider 13-3 in the first half and 13-5 in the second half for a total advantage of 26-8, including three more corners. Temple’s substitution moves were also extremely effective. Wilkins and Morocco came on as subs and combined to score all three of the Owl’s goals while junior midfielder Sarah McGlinn had her chances as well with a total of four shots.

Temple’s next game is back at Howarth Field with a start time of 3:30 pm vs. Mount St. Mary’s.

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