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Opening its season at the Fairfield Inn By Marriott Invitational against the Virginia Tech Hokies, Temple Men's Soccer battled through a defensive oriented match, but was defeated on a penalty kick that was scored in the 55th minute of Friday evening's match at James Madison's University Park.
Virginia Tech's Jed Prater was assessed with the free kick after an Owls' defender was called for a foul on a VT player near the end line. Prater's attempt was a low, hard shot just to the right of center. Sophomore Dan Scheck
, who got the nod to start the match, got his body on the kicked ball, but momentum of the shot carried the ball into the goal.
With 26:40 left in the game, it had appeared that Temple had evened the score, but it was called back for offside. One of junior Vaughn Spurrier
's game-high seven shots on the day crossed ball into the box from the right side to the far post where senior Cody Calafiore
headed the ball into the net, but was ruled offside.
The Owls, who outshot the Hokies, 16-10, had another major chance at matching VT's lone goal in the 73rd minute when freshman Jared Martinelli
sent a ball into the box from the right side. Redshirts sophomore Chas Wilson
hit a point-blank shot at 'keeper Kyle Renfro, who stopped the ball with a kick save at the goal line at the left corner of the goal, keeping the Owls off the board.
Scheck, who got the start over senior Bobby Rosato
in goal, got strong support from his defense, as it limted the Hokies to just two shots on goal over the 90 minutes.
Temple (0-1-0) will continue play in the Fairfield Inn By Marriott Invitational when it takes on tournament host James Madison, who is receiving votes in the national polls and is coming off Friday's 6-1 win over St. Bonaventure, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.