The 2014 women's soccer team saw a tremendous turnaround from the year before. During their 2013 inaugural season with the American Athletic Conference (AAC), the Owls finished their campaign at 6-12-1 with a conference record of 1-8-0. This season, Temple finished 11-8-1, and 3-5-1 in the conference. Temple opened their 2014 campaign with a strong seven-game winning streak, the best start to a season in program history. In addition, the 2014 squad tied their winning record for the third time since its inaugural season: 11-7-0 under head Coach Elleen Richart (1991), and 11-9-0 under head Coach Seamus McWilliams (2001).
The Owl's hard-fought success had some major setbacks with the injuries of several players. Temple lost Junior Paige Rachel
,along with Freshmen Delia Trimble
, and Cait Jackson
for the season early on, as well as Junior Paula Jurewicz
during the beginning of crucial conference play. Two key members, sophomore Gina DiTaranto
(redshirt) and senior Alyssa Kirk
, were benched short-term due to injury, as well. In the wake of such adversities, opportunities arose for ample time on the field. The Owl's stepped up and continued their fight through the young talent of freshmen Gabriella McKeown
and Elana Falcone
, and sophomores Taylor Matsinger
, Morgan Elliot, Megan Sullivan
and Kelly Moran
It was a fine year to send off lone senior Alyssa Kirk
. Kirk was a vital instrument to the positive change in the women's soccer program, and will leave her four-year tenure with a successful legacy. With only one graduating senior on the team, the Owls will see a familiar lineup at the start of next year's campaign. Paula Jurewicz
, Taylor Trusky
, Kelly Farrell
, Gabriella McKeown
, Shannon Senour
, Kayla Cunningham
, Elaine Byerley
, Kaylee Harner
, Shauni Kerkhoff
and Erin Lafferty
all logged well over 1,000 minutes of playing time this season bringing a plethora of experience for next season. The future is bright for Temple Women's Soccer. 2014 Women's Soccer Highlights
- On 10/14/14-Temple women's soccer defeated Cornell 2-1 in double overtime Sunday afternoon to win the Cornell Classic. The Owls improve their winning streak to seven games, and now hold the longest winning streak in program history.
- Temple also had four players make the Big Red Shootout All-Tournament Team. The team consisted of three forwards, three midfielders, three defenders, one goalie, plus another player of any position. The players selected for Temple were (GK) Shauni Kerkhoff, (D) Erin Lafferty, (M) Paula Jurewicz and (F) Kelly Farrell.
- On 10/22/14-Temple women's soccer won 1-0 at Delaware St. Wednesday night. The Owls improved to 11-6-1 and 3-4-1 in the conference while the Hornets dropped to 3-10-1.Temple is now tied for the most wins in a season in program history. The women's soccer program has only had eleven wins in a season twice. Those seasons were the 1991 inaugural season when they went 11-7-0 under head coach Elleen Richart and the 2000 season when they stood at 11-9-0 under head coach Seamus McWilliams.
- 10/26/14-The Owls will return home this Sunday, Oct. 26th against UConn for Senior Day. Today we honor Alyssa Kirk on senior day. Today marks Alyssa's 73rd game, which places her 6th all-time in games played in Temple women's soccer history.
- 11/5/14-Temple women's soccer junior Kelly Farrell was selected as the ninth best player in the American Athletic Conference by Top Drawer Soccer. Top Drawer Soccer is a nationally-recognized soccer publisher in the United States. Their end of the year feature included the top 20 college soccer player rankings from each conference.
- 11/6/14- Temple women's soccer players Kelly Farrell, Shauni Kerkhoff and Kayla Cunningham were honored this week by the American Athletic Conference for their individual efforts in the 2014 campaign. Farrell and Kerkhoff were both selected to the 2nd All-Conference team, and Cunningham was selected to the All-Rookie team.
- Kelly Farrell led the Owls in points with 20. She also led the Owls in goals (nine), shots on goal (22), and shots on goal percentage (.629). Farrell also added two assists to her resume this season. She made the American Conference weekly honor roll twice on Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 for her outstanding play.
- Shauni Kerkhoff ended the season with a 1.13 goals against average, .775 save percentage, six shutouts, along with recording 79 saves on the season. Kerkhoff is first all-time at Temple in save percentage (.806), goals against average (1.15), and shutouts (17). Kerkhoff also ranks fifth all-time in saves with 237. Kerkhoff was the recipient of American Conference goalkeeper of the week twice: Sept. 1st and Sept. 8th. She also received American Conference Weekly honor roll on Sept. 15th.
- Kayla Cunningham played Division I field hockey at Indiana University prior to joining the Owls. In her first season, Cunningham finished third in points with nine, adding four goals (tied for second), and one assist. Cunningham led the Owls in shots with 52.
- American-Athletic Conference Weekly Awards: