Men's Soccer Eyes A-10 Tourney Berth This Weekend at Fordham and La Salle

Men's Soccer Eyes A-10 Tourney Berth This Weekend at Fordham and La Salle

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PHILADELPHIA –Temple Men's Soccer hits the road for a Friday evening contest in the Bronx against the Fordham Rams at 7 p.m. The Owls will then head back to Philly to get ready for Sunday's match against the La Salle Explorers in an away match at 1:00 p.m.

Temple is coming off of a loss to nationally ranked Saint Louis on Sunday, and a 3-3 tie to Butler last Friday, bringing the Owls' record to 7-5-3 on the year, and 3-1-2 in A-10 play. The loss to the No. 23 Billikens was Temple first loss in its previous seven games. Entering Friday, the Owls are undefeated in eight of their last 10 games (6-2-2).

Fordham comes into Friday's contest off a 3-2 loss to A-10 newcomer Virginia Commonwealth, sitting the Rams at 5-3-3 on the year and 1-2-2 in A-10 play. Leading the Rams in points is Finland native Sophomore Kalle Sotka with six points on two goals and two assists. Heading the goalie responsibilities is Sophomore Sean Brailey who's played all 13 games for the Rams. Brailey has a formidable 0.79 goals against average with 55 saves on the year.

Before hosting the Owls on Sunday, the Explorers will be looking to halt a three-game losing streak at Saint Joseph's on Friday. At the moment, La Salle is 8-5-2 on the year and 2-3-0 in A-10 play, looking to reach the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament for the third straight season under 26th-year head coach Pat Farrell.

The Explorers' offensive onslaught is spearheaded by junior Jason Plumhoff, who has 13 points this year coming from five goals and three assists. Keeping the goal safe from attackers this season has been junior John McCarthy, who has started every game for the Explorers and put up and impressive 0.89 goals against average with an even more impressive 84 saves this year.

After their first home loss of the season, Temple will look to get back on track with its impressive season as freshman Jared Martinelli looks to keep his great level of play up. Martinelli has seven goals and nine assists, yielding to 23 points on the season – which leads the Owls. Junior Bobby Rosato will look to continue his consistency this season. Rosato has 51 saves and a 1.52 goals against average.
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