Temple Field Hockey Secures 2-0 Victory Against Delaware
Temple Field Hockey claimed a decisive 2-0 victory over the University of Delaware in an intense match held at Howarth Field on Sunday. This win comes as a much-needed boost for the Owls, who had previously suffered through a four-game losing streak. With back-to-back wins, Temple is now looking to build momentum as they head into the final stretch of the season.
Head coach Michelle Vittese expressed the significance of these results, stating that they were essential in restoring the team’s belief and confidence after a string of losses. The aggressive offensive playstyle displayed by Temple in the early stages of the game finally paid off, providing them with their first first-quarter goal of the entire season. Midfielder Peyton Rieger was instrumental in breaking the deadlock, scoring with just two minutes left in the first quarter after a missed penalty corner. Temple doubled their lead in the second quarter when midfielder Tess Muller tipped in a pass from teammate Devin Kinzel.
Vittese highlighted the importance of generating early attacks and praised the team’s ability to convert chances into goals. The Owls exhibited a relentless offensive approach, amassing eight shots in the first half and creating four penalty corner opportunities. However, Temple adopted a more conservative strategy in the second half, only managing three shots. Despite this change in approach, their solid defense, as well as the exceptional performance of goalkeeper Molly Frey, ensured that Temple maintained their lead throughout the game.
Delaware struggled to break down Temple’s defense, only managing six shots in total and three penalty corner opportunities. Frey faced only three shots but saved all of them, earning her team their third shutout of the season. The victory was made even more special as over 25 former players were honored during halftime in celebration of Alumni Day. Outstanding players such as Annie Judge and Megan Phillips were among those recognized.
With four regular-season games remaining, Temple is determined to maintain their positive momentum as they prepare to take on crosstown rivals Villanova in a highly-anticipated conference matchup on October 20th at Howarth Field. This clash against Villanova presents a significant opportunity for Temple to continue their winning streak and further solidify their position in the Big East Conference. As the season nears its climax, Temple Field Hockey is eager to make their mark and end it on a high note.