– The Temple University
men's soccer squad returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6th to host Memphis in their third American Athletic Conference match-up of the season. Temple has compiled an overall record of 4-5-2, notching an even slate in the conference at 1-1.
Last Time Out
> The Owls are coming off of a dominating 3-1 non-conference win over the NJIT Highlanders on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Lukas Fernandes
powered the Temple offense to a season-high four points on the day, assisting two of the goals and scoring one himself off of an assist from sophomore Justin Hahn
. After entering the match with one assist apiece, sophomore Pierre Cayet
and senior Belal Mohamed
each earned their first goal of the season, both bringing impressive defensive abilities to the field as well.
Scouting the Owls
> Temple has not lost a match by anything but a one-goal deficit all season. The squad has only conceded more than one goal against them on one occasion this year, occurring in their 2-1 double overtime loss to Princeton on Sept. 12th. Wednesday was their first multi-goal game of the season from a scoring perspective, as they notched three against NJIT.
> Junior Simon Lefebvre
continues to anchor the Owls between the posts, logging 810:38 minutes from his nine starts this season. He has saved 30 shots of the 38 that have come his way, earning a save percentage of .789 and averaging only 0.89 goals against per game. His save percentage is good for best in the American, and he ranks third in the conference for total saves.
> Fernandes continues to be an offensive force for the Owls, as he upped his team-leading point tally to 10 with four goals and two assists for the Cherry and White this year. Hahn along with freshman Jalen Campbell
are tied behind Fernandes with four points apiece, each logging one goal and two assists for Temple.
> Lefebvre's outstanding efforts in net along with a powerhouse Temple defense has allowed the Owls to remain at the top of the conference in multiple defensive categories. Temple leads the AAC in goals allowed (8) and goals against average (0.78 over 920:38 minutes), and ranks third in saves (38, 3.80/game) and shutouts (3).
> The Tigers enter the match with an overall record of 5-3-2, earning one win and one loss against AAC competition. So far in the conference, they have faced Cincinnati (W, 1-0) and UConn (L, 0-2).
> Peyton Mcknatt leads Memphis in points, totaling eight from three goals and two assists in his 10 games. David Zalzman and Chris Mikus tie Mcknatt for most goals scored for the Memphis offense with three.
> Tyler Hofmann has logged 750:11 minutes in net for Memphis, standing as one of the best keepers in the conference from his performances this season. He posts a conference-leading goals against average of 0.84, and ties Lefebvre with only seven goals against this season.
Over the Years
> The Owls are 3-1-1 all-time over the Tigers, meeting for the first time when Temple joined the AAC in 2013. The conference foes met most recently in 2017, when the Owls earned a 2-1 double overtime victory over Memphis.