Following the 1-0 loss to Siena on Friday, Sept. 21, the women’s soccer team hopes to grab the second match of the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 23 against Marist at 4 pm.
“[Marist] is a team that likes to get in your face a lot,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “To this point, they have had a great season.”
The Owls will look to grab their first win of the season on the road, as well as their first win since Sept. 7, when they faced Iona at the Ambler Sports Complex.
Since the 1-0 win against Iona at home, the Owls have been shutout in four straight matches, three of which resulted in 1-0 losses and one match which ended in a 0-0 tie.
On the year, Marist has 16 goals in comparison to Temple’s 4 this season. The problem for the Owls is not the defense, but it is scoring the ball when the team has their opportunities, Gwilliam said.
“We have our defense down,” freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff said. “We are creating chances but we just are not finishing.”
“Marist is in the process of building their program,” Gwilliam added. “They have been riding some good results this season.”
Entering Sunday’s match, Temple enters with a 2-6-2 record and an 0-4-1 record on the road. Marist will begin Sunday’s match with a record of 6-4-0 and 3-0-0 record when playing at home.
“Marist is another good team on our schedule and I expect a good competition,” Kerkhoff said.
For the Owls, the team will have their last chance at a non-conference opponent against Marist before the Atlantic-10 conference matches begin on Saturday, Sept. 29 against Saint Joseph’s at the Ambler Sports Complex.