Down 1-0, the Temple Owls field hockey team had a minute and half to tie the game or they would see their season come to an end.
Then the player that has been getting the job done all season came up with the biggest goal of the season for the Owls as senior forward Alyssa Delp took a pass from sophomore midfielder Maiyah Brown and found the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. The game then went to overtime where senior forward Tricia Light put home the game-winner as Temple defeated Villanova 2-1 to move to the Big East Championship game.
Villanova got on the board first in this game as just over 17 minutes into the game, as senior forward Heather Smillie was able to beat Owls senior goaltender Haley Mitchell to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Temple appeared to tie the game later in the first half off of a penalty corner, but the goal was called off and the game remained at 1-0.
The game held at that score all the way until Delp put home her 14th goal of the season to send the game to overtime.
Although the Owls weren’t able to tie the game until late, they did get off 14 shots on goal compared to just one for Villanova. The Owls also generated four penalty corners in the game. Wildcats freshman goaltender Erika Miller was a huge factor in this game as she finished with 12 saves.
This game was very similar to the Owls 3-2 overtime win against Villanova last Saturday. The Owls faced a 2-1 deficit with just over five minutes left in the game before sophomore forward Hattie Kuhns scored the tying goal which sent the game to overtime, before Brown scored the overtime winner.
Temple will now take on top seed and #2 ranked UConn on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the Big East championship.