PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/8/2017 – The Temple Owls won their fourth consecutive game, another in come from behind fashion as they win a Big East battle against the Villanova Wildcats 13 – 11 on Howarth Field at the Temple Sports Complex. The Owls were led by senior attacker Brenda McDermott who had three goals and two assists for a team that continues to show resiliency and focus.
“We are very resilient and we showed that at the beginning of the season,” said McDermott. “We’ve been battling every single game. Some teams, when they are down four goals step back a little. We go forward. I don’t know why we are like that. It’s exciting and we like to keep it exciting.”
In a close contest Temple got the momentum swing late. Villanova tied the game at 10 with 7:41 to go on a free position goal by freshman midfielder Carlin Isaacson, who had two scores and an assist in the game. On the ensuing draw control the Wildcats were penalized on a stick violation. McDermott scored giving the Cherry and White their first lead since the 21:02 mark of the first half. Another Villanova infraction on the play gave Temple a two-player advantage and resulted in a counter by junior attacker Nicole Barretta at the 5:47 mark and a big two-goal lead.
“I never experienced being up two players before,” McDermott said. We had to keep our composure, work the ball, because we knew two players would be open on offense. As long as we were being unselfish and find that open girl, we knew we’d be fine.”
After scoring the first two goals of the game, Temple fell victim to a run of five straight Villanova goals. Nova freshman attacker Katie Comerford had a goal and two assists on the run. The Owls answered back and a goal by senior midfielder Morgan Glassford cut the Wildcats lead to 6 – 4 at intermission.
The game would be knotted at 6 on goals by Owl atttackers Carly Demato, who had three goals and an assist, and Olivia Thompson. The game became a one-goal lead or tied contest until the late Temple flurry.
“The important thing to recognize is that no lead is safe,” Rosen said. “It was great to keep ourselves in the game, to tie it up, and then to go ahead at the end was a nice opportunity.”
The Owls improve to 11 – 2 and are 4 – 1 in the Big East. All four wins in the winning streak came against league competition. Butler will visit on Wednesday. Temple is in second place in the Big East a half game behind league leader #3 Florida. This is the best start for the Owls since the 1997 season where the team posted a 14 – 3 record and went to the NCAA Semifinal round.
Villanova falls to 3 – 9 overall and 1 – 4 in conference.
Written By: Glenn Papazian