- With three and a half minutes remaining, senior Erin VanHorn
tipped in a pass from senior Tricia Light
to score the game-winning goal in what would become a 3-1 win for Temple field hockey against Georgetown on Friday afternoon. The Owls (5-12, 2-2) and the Hoyas (8-8, 1-3) were tied for over 25 minutes before VanHorn's 67th-minute goal.
The win is Temple's second straight, as well as its second-straight BIG EAST Conference victory. It's a tight race to see which four teams will advance to the conference tournament Nov. 6-8, but the Owls are in strong position heading into their final league game at Villanova next weekend. Prior to that, Temple will play at Lafayette on Sunday.
Friday's win came on an emotional day for 10 Owls, all seniors, who were honored prior to the game for Senior Day.
"I feel very honored to have had these seniors even just for one year," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
. "They're such a great group of women to work with. They all have very different personalities and they all contribute different things whether its tangibles or intangibles. They mean a lot to the program and they've been great mentors to our younger players."
Temple dominated Georgetown offensively with 29 shots, including 19 on goal, while the Hoyas took just seven shots with four on goal. Georgetown goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki racked up 16 saves, while Temple senior Haley Mitchell
came up with two big ones to earn the win.
"Twenty-nine shots is a terrific number to have," said Freeman. "We did a great job of creating scoring chances, now it's just about focusing on the small intricate details- looking up earlier or the placement of the ball or keeping the ball on your stick rather than trying to take a backswing. Little things like that we'll continue to work on and will help increase our goal-scoring."
Senior Alyssa Delp
got Temple on the board first in the 12th minute. Her initial shot on a penalty corner rebounded off a defender, and she was able to collect the ball yet again and strike quickly to catch Skonecki off guard.
The 1-0 lead stood through halftime and for nearly 30 minutes of action altogether. Georgetown tied it up six minutes into the second half when Sarah Butterfield deflected in a shot on a corner.
Temple had chance after chance on offense with seven second-half penalty corners and 20 total shots, but it wasn't until less than four minutes remained when the Owls finally capitalized. Light passed it in from the far left to an open VanHorn, who tipped in a shot on from the far post to make it 2-1.
The Hoyas pulled their goalkeeper, and the Owls scored one more on the open goal when sophomore Hattie Kuhns
fed a ball to redshirt freshman Maris Stern
, who got behind the kicking back and took a long shot from the top of the circle.
"I think we've learned a lot of lessons throughout the season, whether through wins or losses, that we've been able to apply to where we are right now," said Freeman. "We talk about the next game being the most important game, and that's where we were today and we were able to get the result we wanted."Box Score (PDF)
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