PHILADELPHIA - Early Villanova goals put Temple field hockey into a hole the Owls (4-9, 0-5) were unable to climb out of, as they fell 3-1 to the Wildcats (5-8, 2-3) in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday night at Howarth Field.
Keys to the Game
> Villanova took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, scoring its first goal on a direct corner and its second on a breakaway.
> Sophomore Lucy Reed
scored her first career goal to get the Owls on the board in the 27th minute, collecting the ball off a rebounded shot and save.
> With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Villanova was awarded a penalty corner and Ana Sherwood made the shot to put the Wildcats up 3-1.
> The halftime score stood as the final tally despite eight shots for both teams in the second half.
> The Wildcats finished with a 7-5 edge in penalty corners and a 22-14 advantage in shots.
> Junior Chloe Johnson
made a career-high 10 saves for the Owls.
> Temple put sophomore Becky Gerhart
in as a kicking back for the final 4:17. Villanova took one shot in that span, but it went wide.
> Reed, who scored her first career goal, also led Temple with three shots on goal in the contest.
> "We came out in the second half with a sense of urgency," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
, "but it was too little, too late. We need to maximize every single minute we have, and I'm sad that we didn't do that. When you really only compete hard for half the game, you're in a catch-up situation and that makes things really difficult."
> "I thought our individual defense was pretty sloppy (in the first half). We got a little loose with our skills in a very critical area of the field and that put us back on our heels as they were capitalizing on those mistakes. We never want to be down two goals so early, but I think our team competed at the end. Again, just a little too late."
> The Owls are back home this Sunday, Oct. 15, facing city rival Penn at 2 p.m. in a non-conference contest.