Men’s soccer earns national ranking

Temple is now ranked No. 22 after improving to a 7-3-2 record, and a 5-0-1 record at the Ambler Sports Complex.

The rankings comes after the Owls were able to come up with quality results against the then-No. 22 Connecticut and Southern Methodist.

The notable drops in the American Athletic Conference are Connecticut and Louisville. Neither team is ranked in the Top 25 now. Temple is now the only Top 25 ranked team in the conference, but still have yet to win in conference play.

Temple still needs to improve in conference competition in order to make the NCAA tournament this year.

Owls to face SMU

The Owls get back to conference play and will be facing off against a 2-8 Southern Methodist team tonight at 7 p.m.

Temple has yet to win a conference game this season while SMU already has one win in two games in its conference play.

Temple defeated Drexel in its last game in 2-0 and finished in a draw against a ranked Connecticut squad.

SMU has scored 11 goals in 10 games while Temple has scored 13 goals in 11 games. SMU’s defense has conceded 18 goals in all competition.

Owls look for first conference win

The Owls will look to produce their first conference victory against No. 22 Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon.

Temple lost its first conference game against No. 18 Louisville last Saturday night, and will look to bounce back from that loss.

The Owls are currently 6-3-0 and will look to continue their home dominance against a conference foe. The Owls are undefeated at home this season and also has yet to give up a goal at home as well. The shutout streak is led by junior goalkeeper, Dan Scheck.

Meanwhile, UConn has struggled to live up to its rank as they have yet to win on the road this season with the record of 0-1-1. Their success has mostly been at home, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of UConn team shows up at Ambler.

UConn has a record of 3-2-2 this season in seven matches.

UConn is not a high volume scoring team like Louisville, as they have only scored five goals in seven matches. But, they have only conceded four goals in seven matches as well, so this could be a tough and gritty match for the Owls. UConn has already played one conference game this season having tied USF.

Both teams will be looking for their first conference win of the season as they face off on Wednesday 3 p.m. at Ambler.

Conference schedule begins for Owls

The Owls plays their first conference game against No. 18 Louisville on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

After playing eight non-conference games, the Owls finally get to test their skills against tougher ranked opponents.

The Owls are 6-2-0 this season while Louisville is 5-2-0. Louisville is 3-2-0 at home this season.

Louisville bounced back from recent back-to-back losses and is currently on a three game winning streak, having already won its first conference game against UCF 3-0.

The Owls won two straight games, after losing two straight, and they look to carry that momentum into the Louisville game. Although Temple is 1-2 on the road this season, their defense has held its own on numerous occasions and will look to replicate that success.

This will be a tough game for the Owls as Louisville has already scored 12 goals in seven matches while the Owls have given up just three goals in eight matches.

Temple has a tough two game stretch having to play two straight ranked conference teams in a row, Saturday against Louisville and Wednesday against UConn.

Owls to host Fordham

The Owls are back to winning again after securing a victory against Villanova  last Saturday.

On Wednesday, Temple will face a Fordham team that has not had much success on the road this season.

Temple, meanwhile, is undefeated at home and has yet to concede a goal at home in four games. The Owls will rely on their sturdy defense to make it five in a row at home without conceding a goal, but at the same time, try and get a crucial victory. Temple will need every non-conference win they can get because the team starts playing conference teams on Saturday.

The Owls will be looking for improvement as they have not been very convincing finishing out games.

Fordham has only scored one goal in their three away game losses. In fact, the team has yet to score more than three goals in a single game, and are currently in a three game losing streak as well. Temple will try to use that to their advantage to win two straight games before heading into conference play.

The Owls are 5-2-0 this season while Fordham is 2-4.

Men’s soccer faces Delaware tonight

The Owls will face a tough task when they return to action at Delaware tonight at 7 p.m.

Delaware has the same record as the Owls, 4-1-0, and have lost at home yet this season.

Delaware is averaging three goals per game in their wins and was still able to score four goals in their only loss. This will be a great challenge for the Owls defense as it has only given up one goal in five games.

They had their four game shutout winning streak come to a close last Saturday against St. Joe’s, but still only gave up one goal in their 1-0 loss.

It is time for the offense to create chances and finish them to ease the pressure on the defense.

It will be interesting to see how the team will rebound also from their first loss of the season against St. Joe’s. This Delaware team scores a lot, but also gives up a good amount, so the Owls will have to use that to their advantage.

Owls look to continue success against Rider

Temple will look to continue their early season success tomorrow afternoon against Rider.

The defense has played well by not giving up a goal in 270 minutes. The offense has also picked it up by scoring a total of six goals in three games including a hat-trick by Martinelli in one of them.

The Owls will be looking to win their fourth straight game to start the season, and winning these non-conference games will be key to a successful season.

Rider is also coming off of two straight wins to start their season. Rider plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and has scored a total of five goals this season.

Men’s soccer faces Hofstra

Sophomore Jared Martinelli will look to continue his goal scoring form against Hofstra on Sunday, in the team’s next matchup against Hofstra tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

The Owls have played Hofstra twice since 2008 with a record of 1-0-1.

Marinelli was able to score a hat-trick against Wofford on Friday, as he has scored a total of four goals in two games and will be relied on the goal scoring again for the team.

Coach David MacWilliams will be looking for improved performances against Hofstra. Even though they were able to win their previous game 3-0, the team was lackluster through the first half. That will need to change against Hofstra, who has yet to lose this season with a record of 1-0-1.

Men’s soccer looks for second win

The Owls will be seeking their second win of the season Friday against Wofford at 4 p.m. The matchup will be held at Ambler, making it the team’s first home game of the year.

Temple has not been able to win two consecutive games to start the season since 2011, when they were able to beat Lafayette and Holy Cross.

Coach David MacWilliams will be seeking improvement in team chemistry that might have lacked in the first game. With the addition of many new players, the team is still trying to gel with one another and might have been one of the reasons why the Owls were forced to take the first game into overtime.

“I think we created some, but at the final third, we weren’t able to execute as we would’ve liked,”  MacWilliams said on Friday after the game. “Good teams will find ways to execute and better teams do (execute). We need to work on the final pass or shot and get better.”

However, the Owls will look to capitalize Wofford’s poor start to the season as Wofford already has two loses through two games. This will be a good chance for the Owls to implement and improve on their tactics as well as their chemistry against a team that already started off poorly.

The Owls will be looking to win another non-conference game to enhance their chances of making the playoffs once again. With another non-conference win, not only do they have a better chance of making the playoffs, but also it brings confidence within the team to help get through the tough American conference.

2013 men’s soccer schedule released

Temple has announced the 2013 schedule for the men’s soccer team.

2013 marks the first season in the new American Athletic Conference. Temple will play eight conference matches, hosting Connecticut, South Florida, Memphis and Cincinnati and traveling to Louisville, Southern Methodist, Rutgers and Central Florida.

Temple went 10-6-3 in 2012, ending the regular season on a three-match win streak before falling to Virginia Commonwealth 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference playoffs.

The Owls will play 17 regular season matches in 2013, nine of which are at home at the Ambler Soccer Field on Temple’s Ambler Campus. They will play two exhibition games at home before the season starts against Lafayette and Iona.

Temple will face three city rivals during the season, traveling to St. Joseph’s on September 14, hosting Villanova on September 21 and heading to Drexel on October 5.

Despite having to travel 30 minutes to play a home match, the Owls have only scheduled three regular season match more than a two hour drive from Philadelphia. They head to Louisville on September 28 to battle the Cardinals, to Dallas on October 9 to face SMU and to Orlando on October 27 to play UCF.

2013 Men's Soccer Schedule

2013 Men’s Soccer Schedule (click for bigger view)