-- The Temple men's soccer squad takes a break from their conference slate and returns to action on Wednesday, October 3rd as they travel to Hillside, N.J. to take on the NJIT Highlanders. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. for this non-conference match-up, and will be played on the campus of Kean University East Campus Facility.
Scouting the Owls
> The Owls are 3-4-2 overall with a conference record of 1-1. Their three game unbeaten streak was snapped on Saturday, when they fell to AAC foe Cincinnati to even their conference record to .500.
> Junior Lukas Fernandes
leads the Temple offense with three goals for six points on the season. Two of his goals were scored in back-to-back contests last week, when he netted the equalizer in the 88th minute against Duquesne followed by the game-winner over nationally recognized conference rival UCF. Following Fernandes is freshman Jalen Campbell
, who has earned four points for the Cherry and White from one goal and two assists in his first-year campaign.
> Junior Simon Lefebvre
has anchored the Owls in net this season, posting 720:38 minutes in his eight starts. The former AAC Goalkeeper of the Week boasts a goals against average of 0.87, only allowing seven tallies over a challenging non-conference schedule and two AAC matches. Lefebvre has saved a team-leading 29 shots, earning him a save percentage of .806.
> Overall, the goalkeeping and defensive efforts put forth by the Owls pins them as one of the best defensive teams in the American. For AAC play, the Owls are tied for first in the conference for goals allowed (1, 0.5/game), shutouts (1) and goals against average (0.5 in 180 minutes of action). Lefebvre is first in save percentage (.900) and second in saves (9, 4.50/game). Lefebvre's total save percentage of .806 also marks the best in the AAC.
Last Time Out
> The Owls are coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday, Sept. 29th. Cincinnati struck early against Temple, scoring the only goal of the game in just the sixth minute of action. Despite multiple threatening opportunities for the Owls, this early goal was enough to hand the Cherry and White their first conference loss of the season.
> Shots were hard to come by with the exception of long-distance attempts, as both defenses stood tough throughout the match. Possession controlled most of the game as junior goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre
only made two saves on the day, and Cincinnati saved one.
> The Highlanders enter the match with an overall record of 5-5 (0-2 ASUN), dropping their four most recent contests. In their latest match, NJIT fell to Jacksonville, 4-2, notching both goals late in the second half.
> Rene White leads both NJIT and the Atlantic Sun Conference in goals (8), points (17), and shots (28). His eight goals nods him as one of the top goal scorers in the nation, and he netted a season high three goals in his hat trick against St. Francis.
> Victor Pujades has played every minute in net for the Highlanders this season. In his 909 minutes, Pujades has allowed 15 goals against, earning him a goals against average of 1.49. He has saved 36 shots in his three shutouts on the year, logging a save percentage of .706.
Over the Years
> Temple and NJIT faced for the first time in 2017, when the Owls downed the Highlanders, 3-1, at the Temple Sports Complex. Both teams were scoreless until the 40th minute, but Temple eventually led 3-0 before NJIT scored in the final minutes of the contest. The Highlanders will look for their first ever win over the Owls as Temple looks to extend their unbeaten streak over NJIT to two during the Wednesday night match-up played at Kean University.