PHILADELPHIA - The top team the nation is visiting Howarth Field on Friday, Sept. 22 as Temple field hockey plays host to No. 1 UConn (7-0, 1-0) at 6 p.m. The Owls (2-5, 0-1) look to "Sock it to Cancer" as part of a theme for both games this week, raising awareness for ovarian cancer on Friday and for pediatric cancer on Sunday.
> As part of "Sock it to Cancer" week, fans are encouraged to wear crazy socks to win a prize. Under Armour socks will also be distributed to fans in attendance while supplies last.
> September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and there will be public address reads as well as an informational sheet available in game programs.
Scouting the Owls
> The Owls finally return home this weekend after playing five straight road games. The welcome back will be a challenging one, as Temple faces undefeated and #1 UConn in its BIG EAST home opener.
> Temple is coming off its second win of the year, a 3-1 decision at Holy Cross on Sept. 17. The Owls trailed 1-0 at halftime, but got two goals from senior Rachael Mueller
in a three-goal second half. Junior goalkeeper Chloe Johnson
made a career-high eight saves in her first career start for the Owls.
> In its BIG EAST opener at Providence on Sept. 15, the Owls led 2-1 at halftime before the Friars came back to win, 4-2. Senior Maiyah Brown
and sophomore Kathryn Edgar
each scored their first goals of the season.
> Mueller, named to this week's BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, leads the Owls with four goals and four assists for 12 total points. Keer and Edgar have scored two goals each, and both have recorded one assist as well.
> With eight defensive saves, the Owls lead all teams in NCAA Division I. Junior Nellie Doyle
, redshirt junior Ashley Kucera
and freshman Dani Batze
lead the way with two defensive saves each, while Edgar and sophomore Becky Gerhart
have one apiece.
> The Owls' first win of the season was a defensive battle against Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock
tied her career high with 11 saves, and redshirt senior Sarah Keer
scored the game-winning and only goal of the contest with just over a minute remaining.
> Temple started the season with four losses, including two against Top 15 teams and another to Saint Joseph's, now ranked in the Top 25.
Scouting the Huskies
> The undefeated and top-ranked Huskies come into Friday's game with a record of 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST. Five of UConn's wins have come against teams ranked in the Top 20, including its most recent victory, an 8-1 decision vs. #20 Boston University on Sept. 17.
> Two-time First Team All-American senior Charlotte Veitner leads UConn with 12 goals and 28 total points, while junior Amanda Collins has a team-best seven assists.
> Last year, the Huskies went 22-2, won their fifth straight BIG EAST title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
All-Time vs. UConn
> UConn leads Temple 11-2-1 all-time, and has won 10 straight meetings against the Owls.
> Last year, the Huskies won 6-0 in the regular season and 8-1 in the BIG EAST semifinals.
> Temple will host Sacred Heart on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and is dedicating the game to the Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer initiative.