Box Score PHILADELPHIA
– The Temple University
men's soccer squad (4-5-3, 1-1-1) fought another 110 minute battle on Saturday evening, ending the American Athletic Conference match-up against a challenging Memphis team (5-3-3, 1-1-1) in a 1-1 draw. Temple's goal came off the foot of freshman Jalen Campbell
, his second on the season.
How it Happened
> After strong defensive efforts and multiple bursts of back and forth possession, Memphis took the first shot of the game in the ninth minute of action. A deflection diverted the ball into Temple's 18 yard box, leading Memphis' Alexandros Ierides to collect it and a rocket a shot towards goal for the Tigers, just barely hitting the crossbar.
> The Owls responded with an impressive offensive spark in the 10th minute. Senior captain Hermann Doerner
sent a beautiful ball through to split the Memphis center-backs and find the feet of junior Lukas Fernandes
, but was caught just short when the Tiger goalkeeper dove on the opportunity.
> Near after, Temple kept the pressure high on the Memphis offense with a Fernandes corner kick in the 13th minute. Freshman Elias Hellgren Villegas
acquired the lofted ball from Fernandes and headed it towards the net, but the Memphis keeper was there to deny the chance.
> The Owls were able to capitalize on this momentum in the 23rd minute of play, when Fernandes drove forward on a counter attack opportunity. He split a tough Tiger back line to lead a charging Campbell, who darted in behind to take a one-time shot, burying it past the Memphis goalie.
> Despite an impressive showing by the Temple back four of Nick Sarver
, Pierre Cayet
, Akeem Prawl
and Tyler Gainer
combined with critical saves by goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre
, the Tigers were able to get on the board in the 60th minute. The left goalpost thwarted an initial shot from Bryant Huerta, but Edgar Alaniz positioned himself well to put away the deflection.
> Responding to the second half goal from the Tigers, Temple persevered to create threatening chances throughout the remainder of play. The powerhouse Cherry and White defense remained focused, and shut down a pressuring Memphis offense that produced four corner kicks and a free kick just outside of the 18 in the second overtime period alone.
> After another defensive showdown for Temple, the Owls completed their fifth overtime competition of the season, tying for most ever in one season in Temple men's soccer history.
> Fernandes produced yet another scoring opportunity for the Owls with his assist to Campbell, adding another tally to his team-leading point total of 11. He now leads the team in goals (4) and assists (3), and has contributed a point to the Temple offensive scoresheet in five of the last six contests for the Owls.
> The Owls are yet to lose a game by more than a one goal deficit all season. They also have only conceded more than one goal on one occasion this year, keeping their opponents either scoreless or shutting them down after one for 11 of their 12 matches.
> "I think we came out really strong today and played a great first half," said head coach Brian Rowland
. "For some of these games, we have let teams catch up to us in the second half. But, it is clear that the ideas are there from both an offensive and defensive standpoint, so we have this to build on. We fatigued a bit towards the end of the second half, but I thought we really responded well in the overtime periods. The guys came out tough and battled until the final whistle, and now we look to learn and build off of this game as we head into Friday."
> The Owls look to extend their unbeaten-streak to three as they travel to USF to face the Bulls. The American Athletic Conference match-up is set to start at 7:00 p.m. at Corbett Soccer Stadium.