On Sunday afternoon, the Temple field hockey team secured a 2-0 victory against Delaware, extending their winning streak to two games. The win came on Alumnae Day, which made the victory even more special for the team.
Temple started strong, taking an early lead with Peyton Rieger scoring her second goal of the season at the 13-minute mark. Rieger capitalized on a rebound opportunity to give Temple the early advantage. In the second half, Tess Muller widened the gap, scoring off a second chance shot from Devin Kinzel with less than seven minutes remaining in the half.
Though Temple had several opportunities to extend their lead in the third quarter, they were unable to find the back of the cage. Nevertheless, they managed to withstand a last-second penalty corner attempt by Delaware in the fourth quarter to secure the shutout.
Statistically, Temple dominated the match, outshooting Delaware 11-6. Seven different Temple players recorded at least one shot, with Berber Bakermans leading both teams with three shots. Temple’s goalkeeper, Molly Frey, posted three saves and achieved her third shutout of the season. In terms of penalty corners, Temple also outperformed Delaware, earning seven compared to Delaware’s three.
Head coach Michelle Vittese expressed her satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting the attention to detail and unity among the players. She praised the team’s ability to finish scoring opportunities and the variety displayed in their attack. Vittese also noted the significance of securing a win in front of the program’s alumnae, emphasizing the historical importance of the program.
Looking ahead, Temple will face off against Villanova in their next game on October 20 at 1 p.m. The Owls will aim to continue their strong performance in league play as they take on their Big 5 opponent.