Temple’s Senior day didn’t exactly go as planned. The team saw their winning streak come to a screeching halt at the hands of #2 Florida. The Gators cruised past the Owls to a tune of 15-5. The game also accounted for the lady Owls first home game defeat this season in 8 tries.
Florida opened up the game on a 9-0 run, and Temple struggled to get on the board until late in the first when Morgan Glassford found the back of the net. The Gators controlled a 9-1 lead as the teams entered the half.
Second ranked Florida continued to pour it on in the second half. They racked up six more goals compared the the Owls four. However, the Owls did show fight as the 4 goals all came in a too late comeback effort.
Mollie Stevens and Madi Hall chipped in three goals a piece for the Gators, while Sammi Burgess led all players with four. Temple’s high scorer for the contest was Morgan Glassford who accounted for two of the Owls five goals.
An unexpected take away from the game was the play from the goalkeepers. Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen said, “We got some really nice play from our goalkeepers too so that’s always great to see. To be able to slow down some of the scoring of this potent Florida offense is always a good thing.”
Freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell defended eight goals in just the first half and another two in the second. Redshirt-sophomore Kelsea Hershey then took over for Lowell to only allow two goals in the final 19:26.
“This is a very strong Florida team, and you have to be ready to play every minute of the game in order to beat them,” said Rosen.
The lady Owls now stand at 13-3. Temple will continue to prepare for the upcoming Big East tournament with their final regular season game away against UConn. The game will take place Saturday, April 29.