- Temple women's soccer defeated Drexel 3-2 on Sunday afternoon and claims its spot as best start in program history. The Owls improved to 5-0, while Drexel dropped to 1-4. The win breaks the all-time best start in program history of 4-0 set by last year's team. The program has not had a five-game winning streak since the 2000 Temple women's soccer team posted five straight victories.
The game was a close battle with both teams having similar shot totals. In the last five minutes of the game Drexel had two shots fired off the posts to keep the Owls on their toes. Starting goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff
ended the game with eight saves to keep the Owls ahead.
"It was a good physical city game," said head coach Seamus O'Connor
. "We played well in the first half but some parts of the game we could have managed better, and definitely had our backs against the wall a few times."
Temple's goals were scored by Shannon Senour
, assisted by Kaylee Harner
at the 21 minute mark, and Alyssa Kirk
added another goal (unassisted) at the 36 minute mark to put the Owls up 2-0. Drexel scored before the half to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Temple's Kayla Cunningham
opened up the scoring with a goal (unassisted) in the second half at the 57 minute mark to make it 3-1. Drexel would not give up as they added its second goal one minute later. Temple was able to fend off the strong attack of Drexel for the rest of the half to claim the 3-2 victory.
"Drexel is a good team, they just have had an unlucky streak of losses and key injuries," said O'Connor. "Having our backs against the wall is great practice for conference play. I was proud of the way our girls handled the pressure; we were definitely Temple Made today."
Temple returns to action next weekend at the Cornell Classic (Ithaca, N.Y.). The Owls will face St. Bonaventure on Friday at 4 p.m., and conclude their weekend against host Cornell on Sunday at 3 p.m. Stay tuned this week for more information regarding next weekend's games.