On Sunday, the Owls will celebrate Senior Day. This weekend including not only the last two games of the regular season, but with a high chance of these last two games being the last at the Ambler Soccer Complex, as both the men’s and women’s programs look to move to a new sports complex in the works at the intersection of Broad Street and Jefferson Street. This senior class will be the last to have played all four years of soccer at Ambler, and they know that this weekend, as the Women’s Soccer team hangs by a thread to make the bracket of eight for the conference tournament, it is their time to shine.
All of Temple’s scoring offense was conducted by the senior class. The first goal for the Owls was brought to the back of the net by TUTV’s own Shannon Senour in the 38th minute, who put the header in directed from the foot of Paula Jurewicz. SMU was able to hold the Owl’s off with a 2-1 lead, but the officials were not liking the Mustangs’ gameplay. Two penalty kick goals in the final four minutes, one of them with 30 seconds to go, were off the foot of Erin Lafferty, who had her third 2-goal game of the season. The win vs. SMU also marks Lafferty’s 77th game played, which ties a program record. With senior day on Sunday, she will be on the horizon to become the new record holder.
The 3-2 victory advance the Owls to 11-6-1, and 6th place in the conference with a 3-4-1 AAC record (top eight teams qualify for AAC tournament, November 3rd-8th in Dallas, TX). Seamus O’Connor became the first head coach in program history to lead the team to back-to-back 11-win seasons. The Owls continue to keep their conference tournament hopes alive as they host the dead-last Houston Cougars this Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00pm and will be broadcasted starting at 12:45pm on owlsports.com
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