– After suffering three straight losses, Temple men's soccer bested Duquesne (2-5) on Tuesday, topping the Dukes 4-1. A shuffle of new and young talent tallied points for the Owls, leading offensively. Sophomore Thibault Candia
scored his first two career goals.
Keys to the Match
>Candia scored for the Owls assisted by Divin Fula Luzolo within the first 43 seconds of the game, helping the Owls to an early lead. Duquesne goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey moved out of his position and Candia took advantage of the open net to collect the first goal of the game.
>Temple had a few more great finds at the top of the box in the first half, but were not able to connect with the net.
>With just under six minutes to go in the first half, Duquesne collected a rebound and shot the ball straight into the net. The otherwise goal was null due to an offsides call.
>In the 50th minute, Candia grabbed his second goal of the game after a one vs one effort with a Duquesne defender. The Nantes, France native managed to hit the ball straight to the back of the net.
>In the 76th minute, sophomore Zach Brown
scored his first goal of the season off a deflection. Brown's goal was assisted by a pass from junior Jordan Wix-Rauch.
> Duquesne put a point on the board in the 79th minute courtesy of an unassisted goal from leading scorer Zach Hall. Hall launched the ball past redshirt senior goalkeeper Alex Cagle
from about 25 yards out for his third goal of the season.
>The final goal of the afternoon was scored by Temple sophomore Lukas Fernandes
. Freshman Adrian Marmol
crossed the ball behind a Duquesne defender to Fernandes who knocked the ball into the net.
>Temple outshot Duquesne 23 to 6.
>The Owls took eight of the nine corner kicks of the game.
>Duquesne logged eight total saves compared to Cagle's one.
"Today's win feels great. The guys played really well today. We have a clean slate in the conference in terms of records so I am looking forward to what we can do over the next few weeks. We will head into conference play on Saturday with a home-field advantage and today's win under our belt which should help us build a momentum." – Head coach David MacWilliams
"It was a great game for the whole team. Everyone played very well. When I got that first goal of the game, my first career goal, it gave us a lot of confidence and made us more comfortable. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up for the remainder of the season." – Sophomore Thibault Candia
>The Owls will open up conference play on Saturday Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Temple Sports Complex against UConn.