Courtesy: Ben Solomon/American Athletic Conference
The Owls saw the end to arguably their most successful season in program history at the hands of the Golden Knights, 2-1.
Both goals for UCF were early in the first half. The seventh minute featured a misdirected header by the Owls that traveled into their own net. Then, the Golden Knights were able to add insult to injury, as Ashley Spivey finds the back of the net in the 22nd minute. The Owls came into the second half as tough as they have ever been offensively, giving UCF 10 shots on goal, but only one was able to pass by GK Vera Varis. AAC 2nd-Team Kelly Farrell was able to get the Owls within one in the 88th minute. #13 currently leads the conference with 13 goals. Despite no further postseason advancement, Temple ended the season with new highs and lows in program historical statistics.
The Owls end the season 12-7-1, their highest win total in history. Adding up all final scores of each game, the Owls only gave up 20 goals, which is the fewest in program history. This record was heavily contributed by Preseason AAC All-Conference GK Shauni Kerkhoff, who was the key in Temple’s three consecutive shutout streak at the beginning of the season. After receiving a season-ending injury versus Penn, freshman Jordan Nash kept the net warm and protected for Kerkhoff. Nash’s 65 goals on the season in relief of Kerkhoff was convincing enough for the AAC to name her the 2015 All-Rookie. Senior Erin Lafferty has set the new record in program history with games played at 79. Lafferty, along with Kelly Farrell, earned AAC 2nd-Team honors.