The Owls open Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend with a pair of home matches at the Ambler Sports Complex, where the team is already 3-0-0 on the year thus far. Temple will host St. Bonaventure and Duquesne in the opening weekend of league play, taking on the Bonnies Friday at 2:30 p.m. and the Dukes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Follow the games by clicking the link above.
Coming off a 2-0 win on the road at Rider last Saturday, the Owls moved back to the .500 mark, allowing them to come into today's match with a record of 4-4-1. Freshman Jared Martinelli
added two goals to his season total in the team's game against the Broncs, giving him five goals on the year to go along with his five assists. Ranking second in the A-10 with 15 points on the year, Martinelli is averaging 1.66 points per game, which has him ranked 24th in the NCAA and second among all rookies in the nation.
Junior Vaughn Spurrier
has played a major role in the offensive output this season. On both goals scored against Rider last weekend, Spurrier had a hand in both of them, giving him six assists on the year, which equals to 0.67 per game, ranking him in a tie for eighth place in the nation.
Anchoring the defense for the Owls has been junior goalkeeper Bobby Rosato
. Pitching a clean sheet against the Broncs on Saturday in the Owls 2-0 victory, Rosato picked up his second shutout in a three-game span and seventh of his career at Temple. On the year, sophomore Dan Scheck
and Rosato have combined for four shutouts on the year.
ST. BONAVENTURE NOTES...
In what has been a difficult start to 2012, the Bonnies open A-10 play Friday against the Owls with a 2-8-0 record. In their last time out the Bonnies were victorious against Siena, as they battled hard to claim the game's only goal while getting a solid performance from keeper Abel Bautista, who turned away all eight shots that came his way. St. Bonaventure's only other win came in its home opener back on Sept. 16 when it defeated St. Francis, 1-0 in overtime. Earlier this season, the Bonnies and Owls were tournament participants at the Fairfield Inn By Marriott Invitational. While the Owls dropped a match to Virginia Tech and tied tourney host James Madison, the Bonnies were winless against the same two opponents. Brad Vanino is SBU's leading scorer with six points in 10 games, having a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
Before coming to Ambler for Sunday's game against the Owls, the Dukes open their A-10 season Friday at Saint Joseph's. Duquesne, who comes into the weekend after losing the final game of a West Coast trip to Oakland, looks to rebound and break a four-game skid. The Dukes have faced their share of tough competition throughout non-conference play, as they've had to battle Penn State, Pittsburgh, Delaware and California. Leading the offensive charge for the team has been Joshua Patterson and Karter Sell, while Sam Frymier has posted a record of 2-4-0 in between the goal posts.
Against St. Bonaventure in head-to-head meetings, the Owls lead the series with a commanding record of 13-7-0, while looking to break a deadlock with Duquesne, as the two teams have each won seven times and have battled to two draws.
Temple continues its final A-10 schedule next weekend when it heads to the New England region for matches against Rhode Island on Friday and Massachusetts on Sunday. The Owls will return to the Ambler Sports Complex on Oct. 19 when they welcome new A-10 member Butler for a 2:30 p.m. match.