Coming into this matchup senior forward Alyssa Delp trailed senior midfielder Sarah Deck for the team lead in goals, but after this game, it is now Delp that has her name on the top of that goals column.
Delp put three goals in the back in the back of the net, including the one that ended up being the game winner as Temple beat Monmouth by a score of 4-2.
Delp put the Owls on the scoreboard first at 11 minutes into the game, she was able to find the back of the net as she found the ball on her stick after a failed clear attempt by a Monmouth defender after a Temple penalty corner.
That lead didn’t last for long, as about three minutes later Monmouth came back and tied the game as senior midfielder Cori Allen scored off a penalty corner with the assists going to sophomore forward Meg Donahue and junior midfielder Alyssa Ercolino.
About three minutes after that goal, Allen was able to find the back of the net again after receiving a beautiful touch pass from Donahue, giving Monmouth a 2-1 lead.
With about 11 minutes to go in the half, it appeared that Temple tied the game, as Deck scored off of a penalty corner play that was a beautiful give-and-go between her and Delp but, the goal was waved off as Deck’s initial shot did not hit the black board in the back of the cage.
On a penalty corner the initial shot must hit that board for it to count as a goal.
Then with over six minutes to go in the half, the Owls tied the game at two as Delp scored her second of the day on a rebound shot off of a penalty corner.
In the second half, both teams came out and were going back and forth before Delp was able to complete her hat-trick, as she found the back of the net off a penalty corner play that included a great assist from Deck. The goal gave Temple a 3-2 lead.
While Deck made some great passes to set up others, she was also able to score a goal as she buried one off a penalty corner with under 13 minutes left in the game to give the Owls a 4-2 lead.
A two goal deficit was too much to overcome for Monmouth as the Owls constantly rotated their lineup keeping their players fresh and able to wear down Monmouth’s players.
“From the first day I got here, I said that everyone will have a role on this team and everybody will get their opportunity out there on the field.” Temple’s head coach Marybeth Freeman said.
Temple’s senior goalie, Haley Mitchell, made five saves including a great save on a breakaway with about nine minutes to go in the game.
Both teams recorded seven shots on goal, but Temple was able to manufacture nine penalty corners compared to Monmouth’s three.
The Owls will now return home and have a quick turnaround as they face-off against #12 Northwestern on Sunday at noon.