- Senior Katie Foran
scored twice including the game-winner to lift Temple field hockey to a 3-2, come-from-behind win against La Salle on Sunday afternoon at Howarth Field. The win was the first of the year for the Owls (1-3), who scored all three of their goals in the second half.
La Salle, who now stands at 1-2 overall, took a 2-0 lead into halftime but was held scoreless the rest of the way.
"It feels great," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
. "The coach in me still says there's things we need to work on and we shouldn't have been down at halftime with the number of opportunities we had, but you look at being able to get three goals in the second half and to overcome that deficit does say a lot about our character."
Temple came out extremely strong with three penalty corners in the first 10 minutes, and held an 8-1 lead in shots at that point. The Explorers began earning more opportunities towards the midway point of the half, but both goalkeepers held strong for nearly the first 30 minutes of the game.
On a La Salle corner in the 29th minute, Abbey Lawrence took the direct shot from Sophie Lozowski and put the Explorers in the lead, 1-0. Exactly one minute later, Kendall Kreider found the near left corner on a crossing pass from April Stein, and La Salle took a two-goal advantage into the break.
Rachel Hartman made an impressive nine first-half saves for the Explorers to keep the Owls off the scoreboard, while freshman Maddie Lilliock
made five for Temple.
The Owls didn't wait long to begin their second-half comeback. They earned back-to-back corners just a few minutes in, and on the second of those, Foran tipped in a shot by sophomore Jessika Daniels
Lilliock made two more saves in the next 10 minutes, and the Owls struck again in the 49th minute when junior Rachael Mueller
scored on a rebounded shot and save by Hartman.
With the game tied at 2-2 and 12 minutes remaining, freshman Becky Gerhart
and senior Ali Meszaros
both came up with huge defensive saves to keep La Salle from taking the lead. Lilliock added another, and with just over eight minutes remaining, the Owls scored the game-winning goal.
In a scramble near the cage, Foran got the ball from junior Hattie Kuhns
and slipped it past Hartman for a 3-2 lead that would hold to the end. Lilliock added a pair of saves in the 67th minute to finish with 10 overall, her most in four games this season.
"A win boosts confidence, there's no question," said Freeman. "But for us, we always know there are learning opportunities. Today we continued to learn. We learned we don't want to rely on just 35 minutes, we want to use the whole entire game, and we did come out really strong but we just have to be more productive in the first half. But as far as our team is concerned, this win is coming at a great time for us. Getting this win going into next weekend against Delaware and Drexel who will be great competition for us, going forward this is exactly what we needed today."
Temple has four games remaining in a six-game homestand, and will next face #14 Delaware at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.
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