– Temple men's soccer (1-2-1) fell to Rider (2-1) in its home opener on Sunday night. The Owls fought a good fight, holding Rider scoreless until overtime, but faced sudden death with a little over six minutes left to play.
Keys to the Match
>Temple allowed just one goal after two full halves of scoreless play. In the 94th minute, Rider's Clement Bourret scored launching the ball right over Temple's goalkeeper with help from Pablo Decastro.
>The Broncs earned two corner kicks in the first half, two in the second, and one in overtime for a total of five compared to Temple's one.
>The Owls led the Broncs in shots 12-11.
>Rider goalkeeper David Pastuna collected six saves. Redshirt senior goalkeeper for Temple, Alex Cagle
, had just one save.
>Two of Temple's six shots on goal came from sophomore Thibault Candia
. Other attempts came from juniors Hermann Doerner
and Belal Mohamed
, and senior Joonas Jokinen
>This is the Owls' first-ever loss at the Temple Sports Complex after winning eight home matches tying for two in 2017.
"If you don't score, any little mistake comes back to hurt you. The loss is disappointing because I thought we played well. We need more quality opportunities, but when we get them we don't put them away. It's frustrating not being able to finish a play to score and I know its playing heavy on the guys' minds. All we can do is continue to prepare and get ready for our next competition against St. John's on Saturday." – Head coach David MacWilliams
>The Owls will next see game action on Saturday Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on St. Johns in Queens, N.Y.