– In the Owls' final of three Philadelphia Soccer Six match-ups of the year, Jorge Gomez Sanchez
was able grab a first-half game-winner to secure Temple's seventh victory of the season. The team remains unbeaten at the Temple Sports Complex with a 6-0-1 home record and can mark today's match as its third consecutive shutout.
Coming out strong in the first half, the Owls fired off fourteen shots that forced Villanova goalkeeper Will Steiner to an early test where he made five saves.
"Villanova is a very talented team and I thought we had some quality chances in the first half they stopped," said head coach David MacWilliams
. "This was a great win for us and we came in prepared."
After numerous scoring rallies with shots from all over the Temple field, Jorge Gomez Sanchez
was able to grab a long ball from Brendon Creed
in the back line to dribble through two Wildcat defends and sink in his eleventh goal of the season.
Going up one goal in the 22nd minute, the Owls managed to keep the Wildcats out of the net through the remaining 68 minutes of regulation. Alex Cagle
was able to log four saves in the second half to avoid a game-tying goal from the Wildcats.
"After the Drexel game we moved into a set formation and worked on chanelling certain things," said MacWilliams. "The concentration level and execution has been great across the board and that's helped us out a lot."
Overall, the Owls out shot the Wildcats 19-8 with the Temple backline defending the first 45 minutes without allowing a shot from Villanova.
The Owls return to their conference slate on Saturday with a game against SMU in Dallas. The match is set for 8 p.m. ET.