- A dominating offensive performance, in which sophomore Andrew Dodds
netted the game winning goal and assisted on another, propelled the Temple men's soccer team to a 3-0 win over rival Saint Joseph's in its Atlantic 10 opener at Ambler Sports Complex. With the win, the Owls are now 3-5-2, 1-0-0 in A-10 play while the Hawks fall to 1-8-0, 0-1-0.
The Owls' offense opened the match hot, getting after Saint Joseph's with several dangerous chances. In the third minute, senior Max Kinderwater
found junior Tyler Witmer
for a blast which was deflected high by SJU keeper Michael Moulton.
Minutes later, senior Jared Harris
nearly netted the first goal of the game, heading a ball off a free kick from sophomore Matt MacWilliams
that went just wide of an empty left side of the net.
Dodds struck with the eventual game winner in the 35th minute. Quick passing from junior Evan Brandsdorfer and freshman Vaughn Spurrier
found Dodds one-on-one with SJU keeper Michael Moulton. Dodds stayed poised and hit a shot past Moulton for a 1-0 Temple lead.
The score would remain the same at half despite more chances from the Owls. TU dominated possession, outshooting the Hawks 10-2 in the stanza.
Temple continued to pressure and padded its lead in the 66th. Sophomore Billy Kappock
found a streaking junior Tyler Witmer
with a lengthy throw-in down the right sideline. Witmer turned the corner on the SJU defender and found sophomore Cody Calafiore
in front of the net for an easy tap in and a 2-0 lead.
Dodds set up one final TU tally for a commanding 3-0 lead. He threaded a pass to freshman Vaughn Spurrier
in close quarters with SJU's Moulton. Spurrier dribbled left past Moulton and chipped in his second career goal.
In the end, the Owls outshot Saint Joseph's 24-6 on the game.
Redshirt-senior keeper Bret Mollon
made three saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Mollon is now in sole possession of second place all-time in career wins with 21.
The Owls continue on their Atlantic 10 campaign as they travel to take on Dayton and Xavier next weekend.