– Temple men's soccer will close out its 2016 regular season on Saturday night with a road trip to Tampa. The Owls are looking at a must-win match against the American Athletic Conference regular season champions, USF.
Keeping hopes alive for making the Conference tournament, Temple enters the weekend with a strong win over UCF under its belt. The overtime game-winner from Jorge Gomez Sanchez
secured the win and an 8-0-2 home record that saw only three goals from opponents.
The game-winner also pushed Gomez Sanchez into the top spot in the nation for game-winning goals with seven on the season. His 14-goal mark for 2016 now ranks fifth all-time for season-season goals in program history and moved him into ninth-place all-time for career points with 61 in just two seasons.
For his efforts last weekend, Gomez Sanchez was awarded his fourth Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week honor along with a spot on the Conference's weekly honor roll.
Goalkeeper Alex Cagle
was also honored by the Philadelphia Soccer Six as the Defensive Player of the Week. The redshirt-junior posted a crucial save to avoid falling to the Knights in the second half and secured his eighth shutout of the season.
Heading into the final match of the regular season, the Owls have collectively posted 23 goals while allowing only 14 from opponents. Aside from the unbeaten home record, the 10-win mark stands as head coach David MacWilliams
' seventh season reaching 10 wins and has included program-first wins over Northeasten, SMU and UCF.
The Bulls welcome the Owls after an exciting double-overtime victory over SMU to clinch the regular season title for the Conference. With 15 points in Conference play, the Bulls are locked in for the number one seed entering the semifinals of the tournament.
Overall, the Bulls hold an 8-6-2 record in a highly competitive schedule. During the regular season, the Bulls battled high caliber teams such as Virginia Tech, Maryland, Michigan and Clemson and went on to post a 5-1 record in the American Athletic Conference with one match remaining.
Last season, the Bulls topped the Owls 1-0 in a rainy Saturday-afternoon game played at Villanova University. USF leads the overall series 3-0-1.