PITTSBURGH, Pa. –
Goals have been hard to come by this season, but in the 104th minute of Sunday's match against Duquesne at Rooney Field, freshman Paige Rachel
came up with the first one of her career—and it was a big one, as it gave the Owls a 1-0 victory the Dukes in double overtime and their first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season.
Temple's unyielding defense was on point once again, causing 16 of Duquesne's 25 shots to go off target. Freshman Shauni Kerkhoff
anchored the unit with her nine saves on nine shots faced, yielding her to the third shutout of her career, which gives the team five on the year and matches last year's season total.
Less than six minutes away from being shut out for a third straight game, freshman Jourdan Brill
assured that was nixed when she laced a free kick into the box and in the direction of Rachel, who headed it in for the game's only goal.
The Owls chances were limited in the first half, as they were held to three shots. Freshman Erin Lafferty
had Temple's strongest chance of the half in the 36th minute, but her attempt was denied by Duquesne keeper Devon Tabata.
Coming out of halftime, the Owls put up a test for Tabata. In the second minute of the second half, freshman Paula Jurewicz
, and seniors Casey Greco
and Kate Yurkovic
fired chances at Duquesne. Greco's blast was robbed by Tabata to keep the game scoreless in the eatly moments of the second session.
Yurkovic led the Owls with four shots on the day, having two on net. Paige Maroney finished with a game-high nine shots on the day, testing Kerkhoff three times.
The Owls controlled most of overtime, having some of the most solid scoring chances it had all game. Grinding out a chance to win the game, freshman Kaylee Harner
, Greco and sophomore Alyssa Kirk
all launched shots on goal that kept Tabata uneasy in net, despite her making stops on all three attempts.
Temple's win by a count of 1-0 is the seventh straight time that the Owls have won a game by that score. The Owls have now played nine straight games that have been decided by one goal or less, while being involved in 12 straight matches in which only one of the teams scores.
Standing 4-8-2 on the year and 1-2-0 in a-10 play, the Owls will return home next weekend when they host Rhode Island on Friday afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. match at the Ambler Sports Complex.