PHILADELPHIA— Two Owls earned American Athletic Conference weekly accolades for their outstanding efforts this past week. Junior goalkeeper Morgan Basileo
was named the AAC Goalkeeper of the Week, while freshman forward Gabriela Johnson
earned AAC Rookie of the Week honors for the second week in a row. Johnson was also named Under Armour/Owlsports.com Athlete of the Week.
Basileo earned a win in the Owls' fifth shutout of the season on Sunday against No. 19 USF. Basileo recorded six saves against the Bulls, keeping the juggernaut USF offense that had outscored its opponents 27-5 off the scoresheet. She came up with key saves in regulation and overtime to blank USF for this first time this season. In the 61st minute, USF rocketed a shot toward the net and Basileo leaped and punched it out to safety. She made another clutch save in the 92nd minute to prevent a USF golden goal. USF's Aubrey Megrath fired a dangerous shot, but Basileo was well-positioned to extinguish the attempt.
Johnson has been an offensive spark for the Owls, scoring twice in this week's contests. Against UCF on Thursday, Johnson netted the sole goal for Temple. The UCF keeper deflected a shot, Johnson tracked it down and buried it between the posts for her third goal of the season and to cut the deficit to one. On Sunday, the Owls defeated No. 19 USF 1-0 in a double overtime thriller, notching the program's first win against a ranked opponent behind Johnson's golden goal. Her game-winner in the 105th minute was the culmination of the sheer effort the Owls displayed throughout the match. Johnson maneuvered past several USF defenders and sent a ground ball on goal from right outside the box. The ball rolled past a USF defender and the sprawled keeper, tapping the bottom of the left post and finding the back of the net.
Next up, Temple has an 11-day break in action, as they return to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Cincinnati. The Owls will take on the Bearcats at Gettler Stadium at 7 p.m.
Offensive Player of the Week: Stefanie Sanders – So. – F – UCF
Defensive Player of the Week: Kelli Burney – R-Jr. – D – USF
Goalkeeper of the Week: Morgan Basileo
– Jr. – Temple
Rookie of the Week: Gabriela Johnson
– Fr. – F – Temple
Mia Brascia – So. – MF – Houston
Rachel Estopare – Sr. – GK – Houston
Daria Draovitch – Jr. – MF – ECU
Evelyne Viens – Jr. – F – USF
Jill Vetere – Sr. – F – Cincinnati