– For Temple men's soccer, the 2017 season begins on the road as the Owls face Soccer Six rival, Saint Joseph's on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The match-up will immediately follow the Temple women's soccer game against SJU (5 p.m.).
Scouting the Owls
> Temple closed out the 2016 with a record of 10-6-2, and 2-3-2 in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls fell to USF 1-0 in the last match of the season.
> In the American's Coaches' preseason poll, senior Joonas Jokinen
snagged a spot on the preseason All-Conference team.
> Jokinen is Temple's leading returning scorer, with three goals and six assists last season.
> At starting goalkeeper, fifth-year Alex Cagle
tallied 52 saves last season logging a save percentage of .776. Cagle was last year's Soccer Six goals against average leader with an average of .82.
> The Owls are led by co-captains Cagle, fifth-year Mark Grasela
, senior Brendon Creed
, and junior Hermann Doerner
Scouting the Hawks
> Saint Joseph's finished with a record of 6-11-5 overall (3-5 Atlantic 10).
> Senior midfielder and 2016 Soccer 6 All-Star, Matt Crawford, returns for the Hawks. Last season, Crawford logged seven goals and three assists.
Friday's match will mark the 59th meeting between Saint Joseph's and Temple. The Owls lead the all-time series against Saint Joseph's with a 37-14-7 record. Temple took last year's meeting 2-0 with the squad's second shutout thanks to second half goals from Jokinen and Jorge Gomez Sanchez
> Temple's David MacWilliams
served as the head coach of the Philadelphia KiXX from 1996-99 while SJU's Don D'Ambra was a standout on the team. D'Ambra later became the KIXX's head coach (2002-10).
Friday's game will be live streamed via the A-10 Network