PHILADELPHIA— Temple women's soccer (7-9-1, 3-4-1 AAC) battled the No. 22 Memphis Tigers (14-3, 6-2 AAC) in a cold and windy match at the Temple Sports Complex. The Owls ultimately fell 1-0 to the Tigers, as a Memphis goal in the second minute decided the contest.
Keys to the Match
> Memphis struck early, netting the only goal of the match in the second minute of play. Serena Dolan brought the ball up and targeted Clarissa Larisey, who found the back of net.
> Temple fought relentlessly for an equalizer in the remaining 88 minutes of competition. One of the best looks of the match for the Owls came in the 76th minute. Aisha Brown
moved up the field from her defensive position and led Emma Wilkins
up the right flank. Wilkins chased down the pass and crossed to a cutting Gabriela Johnson
. Johnson launched a shot, but it sailed just high of the crossbar.
> Goalkeeper Jordan Nash
had a strong outing for the Owls. She tallied eight saves through her 90 minutes between the posts, and made some huge plays to keep Temple within striking distance. In the 20th
minute, Memphis' Elizabeth Woerner directed a header on goal from close distance. Nash was well-positioned and deflected the attempt. Woerner challenged Nash again 12 minutes later. She fired a shot, but Nash reacted quickly and made a diving snag to thwart a sure Tigers goal.
> Temple's offense really picked up after the first half, when the winds were in their favor. The Owls outshot Memphis by an 8-7 margin in the final 45 minutes of play.
> Temple created several chances to even up the score. In the 10th minute, Kerri McGinley
was determined to put the Owls on the board. She maneuvered past her defender about 40 yards out and charged toward the goal with a purpose. McGinley ripped a shot from inside the box, but it was deflected to safety by the keeper. Emily Keitel
served a soaring corner into the box in the 22nd minute. It popped around quite a bit, finding the feet of several Owls looking to put the ball in the back of the net. However, Memphis cleared the opportunity. Julia Dolan
found Morgan Morocco
in the 73rd minute for another quality look. Morocco got the shot off in the box, but it did not have enough pace to get past the Memphis keeper.
> The Owls held a Memphis offense that averages 2.44 goals per game to just one. The Tigers have only been held to one goal or less four times this season. This is a testament to the commitment of the Temple squad to stay organized and tough on defense, especially the backline.
> Head coach Seamus O'Connor
commented on his team's effort. "Their performance was absolutely tremendous," said O'Connor. "[Memphis] is nationally ranked for a reason and we gave them all they could handle. I am very, very proud of them. There is no shame or disappointment in this result today. They gave a great effort and we had our chances, but we came up just short."
> Temple will host UConn on Thursday, Oct. 25 for their final home game of the season. The Owls will take on the Huskies at 3:30 p.m. at the Temple Sports Complex.