Courtesy: Joseph V. Labolito & owlsports.com
In an interview with Owls TV following their OT tie with East Carolina, both Head Coach Seamus O’Connor and Defense Standout Erin Lafferty noted that the offense needs to close in order to get into the win column. The Temple Women’s Soccer team headed into Memphis winless on the road in AAC action, looking to notch in a win before making a final home-stand at the Ambler Soccer Complex. Heading into overtime with a 1-1 score, the Owls realized they could knock two birds with one stone: their first conference road win of the season and redemption of their tie to the Pirates last weekend.
The scoreboard was first touched by the Memphis Tigers, off of the foot of junior Valerie Sanderson in the 6th minute. Midfielder Elaine Byerley scored the Owls’ first goal in the 22nd minute. This was the West Chester native’s first goal on the season. Both teams went nil in the second half and went into overtime. A foul by Memphis gave Erin Lafferty a free kick opportunity, which ended up as a ricochet off the crossbar to Shannon Senour, who passed to Gina DiTaranto for her second game-winning goal on the season.
With this 2-1 victory, the Owls come home with a 10-6-1 record (2-4-1 conference) and will host the team that will host the AAC Tournament at the end of October, Southern Methodist. Game time is set for 3pm on Thursday, check owlsports.com for live stats and video.