– Following the final week of regular season play, the American Athletic Conference has announced the first-round pairings for the men's soccer championship. Temple men's soccer has been seeded sixth and will play its first tournament match at UConn on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The Huskies topped the Owls in the regular season, scoring two second-half goals and keeping Temple out of the net through the match on Oct. 21. The loss against UConn marked the Owls' only loss of the season at the Ambler Sports Complex.
Overall, the Owls finished the regular season with a 10-6-2 record and a conference record of 2-6-0. Undefeated against non-conference opponents, the Owls logged their best program start since 1985 with a six-game win streak in September that included a 2-0 shutout of Penn State.
Adding to its impressive 2015 tenure, Temple men's soccer earned its first NSCAA Top 25 ranking in 18 years. Following the Owls' victories over Rider and Yale, the NSCAA Division I Men's National Poll placed the Owls at #23 on Sept. 15 and they jumped six spots a week later to #17.
Individually, Jorge Gomez Sanchez
has led conference and national rankings in his first season with the Owls. Currently, Gomez Sanchez ranks in a tie for second in the nation for total points with 31. He sits third with total goals and game-winning goals. In shots per game Gomez Sanchez ranks fourth.
In the conference, Gomez Sanchez leads in every individual category except for assists and assists per game.
As a team, the Owls rank sixth nationally and sit second in the conference in total assists with 35. Temple leads the conference in goals and points.
The SMU Mustangs won the regular-season conference title and are seeded first heading into the quarterfinals. The Mustangs were undefeated in conference play and were ranked #9 in last week's NSCAA Top 25 poll.
Saturday's match will be the fifth matchup between the Owls and the Huskies with UConn leading 3-0-1. The Huskies previously hosted the Owls in the conference championships in 2014, when they topped Temple 5-0 to advance to the semifinals against USF.Championship Central
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