Temple (0-2-1) will take on city rival Penn (0-0) at Rhodes Field at The University of Penn campus today at 7 p.m.
While coach Matt Gwilliam says the team is taking each day one game at a time, it is no surprise that the Owls hope to compete with Penn’s athleticism throughout the match.
“Penn is a great team that has always had a pedigree of success,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “They know how to win and they have “it””.
For the Owls, the Penn matchup is an exciting chance to play a night game in front of an away crowd that is just miles from Temple’s campus.
“We will be under the lights for the first time this season and that is exciting for us,” junior defender Karly O’Toole said.
Coming off of tough losses in their last two matches to two of Division I soccer’s better programs in Hofstra and James Madison, Temple hopes to match up better with Penn on Sunday.
“Penn is going to be a very fit and physical team that is good on the ball,” senior midfielder Jourdan Brill said.
Senior midfielder Jouran Brill, who recently began her senior year at Temple, walked away from the Fairfield Inn by Marriot tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. from Aug. 24-26 with a spot on the all-tournament team.
“I am going to be completely honest, I had no idea that there even was an all-tournament team for that tournament,” Brill said. “I knew I played two good games, but I had no idea. I was really excited and really surprised.”
With three of Temple’s 13 total shots in the tournament, Brill also added the team’s only goal of the weekend in the 3-1 loss against Hofstra, eventually earning her the honor of all-tournament team.
“I actually found out from my teammates on the bus after the tournament was over that I was named to the all-tournament team,” Brill said.
Although Temple lost both matches of the weekend, Brill said that her most memorable moment of the tournament was leading nationally ranked Hofstra 1-0 for most of the first half.
“She was fantastic, very competitive, and did everything we asked of her,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “She truly earned it and I am happy for her.”