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.