Owls Take Heartbreaking Loss Against City Rival Villanova

Photo Courtesy of Temple Athletics
Photo Courtesy of Temple Athletics

The Owls traveled to Conshohocken, PA Saturday afternoon to take on city rival Villanova Wildcats in a Big East conference game. The Owls (5-10) were defeated by the Wildcats (4-11) with a final score of 3-2.

Just three minutes into the game, the Owls fouled during the Wildcats’ first offensive corner. The foul led to a stroke given to the Wildcats, taken by Francesca Bello, who scored the first goal of the game. Throughout the game, Villanova led in offensive corners 11-8.

Temple redeemed themselves with two consecutive corners, which scored the Owls a point after sophomore Jessika Daniels captured the rebound from freshman Kathryn Edgar’s initial shot on goal. 13 minutes into the first half, the match is tied 1-1.

Playing a back and forth game for the next 20 minutes, the Owls manage to keep the ball in their offensive circle. With less than two minutes remaining until halftime, redshirt junior Sarah Keer assists the Owl’s second ball into the goal, scored by Rachael Mueller. The Owls took the halftime lead with a score of 2-1.

With the score at a standstill for the first 25 minutes of second half, the first goal of the half was scored by Emma McLaughlin who dribbled the ball across the goal line for Villanova. Having less than ten minutes of the game remaining the score is tied once again 2-2.

Six minutes later with 3:57 left in the game, McLaughlin scores the Wildcats’ third goal off of a rebound, setting Villanova in the lead 3-2.

The Owls earn two offensive corners in the last minute of the game, taking the second with time concluding. Both shots by junior Hattie Kuhns were blocked by defensive Wildcats leaving the final score 3-2.

Temple will play next against Quinnipiac Friday, October 21 at 3pm in another Big East conference game at Howarth Field.

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