UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
– For the first time since October of 1989, Temple men's soccer was able to defeat the ever-tough Nittany Lions on the road. A late goal from Jorge Gomez Sanchez
lifted the Owls to a 1-0 victory with only six minutes remaining. Tonights win snaps a four-game losing streak in State College, the teams did not face off from 1997 until 2014.
Earning their first win on the road proved to be a battle with the Nittany Lions. Going nearly 84 minutes in a scoreless deadlock, the two teams traded possession and attacking drives throughout the entire match.
After a few close drives by the Owls, the Gomez Sanchez and Joonas Jokinen
duo presented the winning attack with a quick slide from Jokinen to Gomez Sanchez who booted in a long-range shot from 20 yards out to find the back of the net.
Temple was able to hold off last-minute pressure from the Nittany Lions to secure the win at the end of regulation.
In the first half, shots were near even with Temple posting four to Penn State's six. Alex Cagle
was put to a large test, posting four saves in the first half and five in the second for a career-high nine saves in the match.
The Owls' offense came alive in the second half, posting 11 shots to the Nittany Lions' five. Gomez Sanchez tallied six total shots with offensive efforts also coming off the boots of Jokinen, Matt Mahoney
, George McGee
, and Belal Mohamed
Overall, Temple now stands at 6-3-0 in its 2016 campaign heading into a two-game homestead. The Owls host their first conference opponent on Saturday in Memphis for a 7 p.m. match.