. – Temple men's soccer took down #25 Penn State with a 2-0 victory this afternoon at the Ambler Sports Complex. This is the Owls' first victory over a ranked opponent since 2010, when they defeated Charlotte, 2-1. The last victory over Penn State came in 1997 when the Owls took home a 2-0 victory over the Nittany Lions."I'm really proud," said head coach David MacWilliams. "I thought the guys battled from the very first whistle until the end. They were focused, they were energized, and they did tremendous."
The Owls dominated their ranked opponent, outshooting the Nittany Lions 16 to five throughout the match.
In the 11th minute, Carlos Moros Gracia
hit a shot that was blocked directly to the feet of newcomer Justin Stoddart
who blasted his shot into the bottom right corner of the net to earn the Owls' first goal. This is the first career goal and assist for the pair.
"We really set the tone for the rest of the game," said Stoddart. "With a 1-0 lead we knew we had to keep the momentum and not drop off, so we took that and brought it back in the second half."
The second goal was set by sophomore Dinho Zwane
who blocked the Nittany Lions' goalie's clearance that deflected to junior Jorge Gomez Sanchez
, who finished with a straight shot into an empty net for the Owls' second goal in the 56th minute. This is the second goal of the season for Gomez Sanchez and the first assist for Zwane.
"I think this game was very important for us," said Gomez Sanchez. "I think this win gives us a lot of confidence and a push to take us as far as possible."
Goalkeeper Alex Cagle
records his second shutout of the season after playing a full 90 minutes and tabbing three saves to ensure the Owl victory.
"This game is a great win for us and a great win for the program," said MacWilliams. "We have two more games this week and I am already thinking about Tuesday."
The Owls' record now stands at an undefeated 2-0-1 moving into their second home game against Rider University on Tuesday. This game will be the second of three home matches before their first Soccer Six match at Villanova on Sept. 16.