– Facing its first Philadelphia Soccer Six opponent on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon, Temple men's soccer logged its second shutout of the weekend topping the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 2-0. Sunday's win puts the Owls at 2-0 as they closed out their first full weekend of play in the 2016 season.
"I'm very pleased with this weekend," said head coach David MacWilliams
. "We played two very tough opponents in a high degree of heat on turf. I think it was two great results for us and I couldn't be happier."
The Owls fired off 10 shots in the first half without finding the back of the net. Joonas Jokinen
was finally able to break the Hawks defense in the 66th minute, getting the Owls on the board first with a boot to the back left corner from the top of the box off a clean slide from Jorge Gomez Sanchez
. This is Jokinen's second goal of the weekend and Gomez Sanchez's second assist.
"I thought we were too complacent in the first half," said MacWilliams. "We needed to move the ball quicker and get balls behind the Saint Joseph's defense. The guys were able to do that and come out ahead."
Through a physical second half that included three yellow cards, Gomez Sanchez was able to pull a foul inside the box in the 80th minute to take his second penalty kick of the season. He was able to push a left-footed shot past Hawks' goalkeeper Greg O'Connell to put the Owls up 2-0.
Temple goalkeeper Alex Cagle
faced one tough test from the foot of Mike Stuski. Cagle was able to make the save and secure his second shutout of the weekend.
Overall, the Owls outshot the Hawks 19-5, with O'Connell making four saves while allowing two.
Temple men's soccer returns to the Temple Sports Complex on Friday, Sep. 2 to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers, a team they have not faced since 1979. Friday's match is set to begin at 3 p.m.