STORMING THE TEMPLE
Huskies continue road and conference battles against Temple
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 23:10
The No. 24 UConn men’s soccer team will take on the Temple Owls for their second conference match of the season this afternoon in Philadelphia.
The Huskies (3-2-2, 0-0-1 American) are coming off their second draw of the season following their 1-1 decision in their conference opener against South Florida in Tampa. UConn scored early against the Bulls with a goal coming from aminutes of play. It was Fochive’s first goal as a Husky. But South Florida went on to score less than 20 minutes later to tie up the match and hold the draw for the remainder of the game through two overtimes.
The tie was the first time the Bulls were not beaten by the Huskies in head-to-head play. UConn now holds an 8-0-1 all-time advantage over South Florida.
Temple (6-3-0, 0-0-1 American) is coming into Wednesday’s match after dropping their conference opener at No. 18 Louisville 3-0. The Owls were outshot 17-11 in the loss.
The Owls boast a solid record heading into today’s match but have showed a very different team in their losses than in their victories; Temple has outscored opponents 9-0 in its six wins but has been outscored 6-1 in its three losses. The Owls have not played a team this season other than Louisville that is currently in the top 25.
The Owls do have a few weapons that could make things difficult for the Huskies on the road. Sophomore midfielder Jared Martinelli has been the main offensive spark for the Owls this season having netted five goals and two assists through Temple’s first nine matches.
Martinelli and the rest of the Temple offense will have to deal with UConn’s defense and junior goalkeeper Andre Blake this afternoon, though. The Huskies have only given up four goals in seven matches this season and have not given up multiple goals in a single match since an early October meeting at Marquette last season.
The Huskies and Owls kick off this afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Ambler Sports Complex in Philadelphia.