– Despite a hard fought battle in Baltimore, Temple men's soccer (0-1) fell to a talented UMBC team (1-0) in their first showing of the season.
Keys to the Game
>The 2018 Temple squad started the match strong, showing moments of greatness in the first half all over the field as they maintained possession and created various scoring opportunities.
>Junior goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre
had multiple great saves for the Owls throughout the game to keep the teams even for most of the contest.
>UMBC got on the board late when Cesare Marconi blasted a corner kick to the near post, finding the head of Jackson Becher in the 78th minute of play.
>The Owls started seven players that are new to the Temple roster this year, playing under first year head coach Brian Rowland
played his first 90 minutes in a Temple uniform and was a force to be reckoned with. Showcasing his skill starting in the second minute of play, Lefebvre tipped a UMBC free kick over the cross bar, keeping them off the board early.
>The first opportunity for the Owls came in the 12th minute of play when senior captain Hermann Doerner
split two defenders garnering a one-on-one situation, but the UMBC keeper made a sliding save to prevent the goal.
>The match proved to be a battle on both ends of the field as UMBC out shot Temple 7-6 and the Owls finished with three saves to UMBC's two.
>The Owls played 18 student-athletes today, proving depth and cohesion within the fresh roster.
From the Coach
"I think we had a great first half where we created many scoring opportunities," Rowland explained. "We did what we wanted to do and moved the ball well, but got off track in the second half. Anytime you do not take chances, a team can always find a way to sneak a good goal in."
With 17 new players on the roster, Rowland speaks about how games are fresh opportunities for improvement. "While we did show youthfulness at times, games like this are crucial. They teach game management to newer players and show how things flow back and forth with momentum. Ultimately, our guys competed well against a very difficult opponent, and we showed great moments while learning ways we can improve."
Temple embarks on their second road trip of the season when they travel to Richmond, Va. to take on VCU on Friday, August 31st
at 7:00 pm.