Temple men's soccer hosts SMU on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Owls look to win their second conference win after opening up conference play with a 2-0 at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 and tying UCF 1-1 on Wednesday. SMU currently leads the conference with seven points after beating Tulsa and Memphis and tying UCF.HEADLINES
Temple is 2-7-2, 1-1-1 with American Athletic Conference play underway for the 2014 season. The Owls defeated Cincinnati 2-0 in the conference opener on Sept. 27th to snap a three game losing streak and tied UCF on Wednesday 1-1. The Owls are currently tied for fourth place in the conference with UConn.
12 underclassmen have started a game for Temple. 16 total underclassmen have appeared in a game.
Five freshmen have started at least six games for the Owls: midfielder Felipe Liborio
(10 games), midfielder Miguel Polley
(nine), defender Mark Grasela
(six), midfielder Brendon Creed
(eight), and forward Olli Tynkkynen
Senior goalkeeper Dan Scheck
is currently the career leader in goals allowed average (0.84) and ranks fourth in career wins (16).
Sophomore defender Robert Sagel
has played all 1,043 minutes of the season. Sophomore defender Matt Mahoney
is second in minutes played with 985.
Sagel, Scheck and junior forward/midfielder Jared Martinelli
were selected to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Team. Scheck was voted by the coaches as the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Temple was predicted to finish fifth in the conference by the preseason coaches' poll.
SMU comes into the game with a 6-3-1, 2-0-1 record and received 12 votes in the latest NSCAA Poll.
The Mustangs have not lost a game since Sept. 12 against Missouri State.
SMU has defeated Tulsa (4-2) and Memphis (2-0) and tied UCF 1-1 for seven points, tops in the conference.
The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll.
Junior forward Idrissa Camara leads the Mustangs in shots on goals (10), goals (4) and points (9). Camara scored the game-winning goal against Memphis.
SMU is outscoring their opponents 17-10 on the season with a 127-94 shot advantage.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson has played every single minute in net for SMU, compiling a 0.98 goals allowed average and .737 save percentage. He has three shutouts and 28 saves on the season.
Temple tied SMU 1-1 in their only meeting last year in Dallas, Texas. Former Owl Nolan Hemmer
scored the lone goal for Temple.
Sagel and Martinelli were selected to the 2013 all-conference second teams. Sagel was put on the all-freshmen team.Game Notes
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