Temple Goal Three Seconds Before Halftime is Difference in 1-0 Wildcats Loss
Sept. 21, 2013
AMBLER, Pa. - Temple (5-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 Philly Soccer Six) scored a goal three seconds before halftime off a rebound and that goal stood up for the rest of the afternoon as Villanova dropped a 1-0 decision to the Owls. The Wildcats are now 2-3-1 overall, 0-1-0 in the Philly Soccer Six.
Senior Dylan Renna generated the Wildcats first scoring chance of the afternoon when he sent a header towards the Owls' net. Temple's Dan Scheck was in position to make the save and the contest remained scoreless 12 minutes in.
Temple produced four of the game's first six shots midway through the first period but junior goalkeeper Andrew Weakly made two saves and the contest remained deadlocked at zero in the 28th minute of action.
As the game moved towards halftime it appeared that matters would remain deadlocked. However, at 44:57 the Owls Jake Lister fed the ball to Donovan Fraser, who scored for the Owls seconds before the horn signaling the end of the period sounded. The goal was Fraser's first of the season and came after Weakly stopped the first shot only to see the rebound carom directly to Temple.
The first half stat sheet reflected the even play. Temple held a 7-6 advantage in shots and each goalkeeper made two saves.
Villanova pushed forward over the final 45 minutes and created its share of chances. However, the Owls turned each one away. Renna led the `Cats with four shots on the day.
The Wildcats ended the day with a 14-13 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corners but were kept off the scoreboard. Weakly and Scheck both made four saves in what was a very even contest.
The Wildcats return home for the first time since Sept. 7 on Tuesday afternoon when they play host to another Philly Soccer Six rival, Penn, on West Campus. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. (Nova Nation All-Access).