DURHAM, N.H. –
Four second-half goals gave the Temple women's soccer team all the momentum they needed to take down the New Hampshire Wildcats, 4-0 on Friday. The Owls move to 5-2-0 on the season.
The first half of the game was a defensive battle, with the teams combining for ten kicks in the first 45 minutes. However, halftime gave the Owls enough time to gather some energy for the second half.
Senior Kelly Farrell
was the first to strike for Temple in the 60th
minute. Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Cunningham
took a shot that ended up bouncing off the crossbar and landed at Farrell's feet. Once ready, Farrell took her shot, which also hit the crossbar but this time bounced right into the net for the score.
A little over five minutes later, Farrell once again found the net to make the score 2-0 in favor of Temple. After senior Erin Lafferty
took a free kick from about 20-yards out, the ball made its way towards the net via a header from Farrell. This is Farrell's second multi-goal game; in 2014, she had two goals in the Owls' 2-1 win over Cornell.
In the 77th
minute of the game, freshman Sarah McGlinn
was able to pull New Hampshire's Mimi Borkan out of the goal on a breakaway run to put the ball into the left corner for her first career goal. A little over two minute later, the Cherry Hill, N.J., native had a saved shot land at her feet, which she was able to send into the goal for the 4-0 lead.
New Hampshire's best chance of a score came in the second half, where Temple goalkeeper Jordan Nash
made four of her five saves of the night. The Wildcats saw action down by the net when Carolina Murray took a shot at the net in the 59th
minute, which Nash slightly bobbled but was able to fall on for the save.
After two close losses last week, head coach Seamus O'Connor
was happy to see the team come out with a victory over the defending America East champions.
"I'm just really happy for the girls. It's a shame that we weren't able to win last week but that's the nature of the sport," said O'Connor. "We know we were really good last weekend but the results just didn't go our way. The soccer tonight was unbelievable, especially being shorthanded with injuries. It's just really great for us to see girls play well."
The Owls will return home to face Binghamton on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Ambler Sports Complex. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the men's soccer team, who faces Yale at 3:00 p.m.