The women’s soccer team will be taking on Ivy League Princeton today at Roberts Stadium at 12 p.m.
Coming off of their second win of the season on Friday against Iona, the Owls know that Princeton is another very tough opponent on their 2012 schedule, coach Matt Gwilliam said.
“I expect a really difficult team in Princeton,” Gwilliam said. “They are a very storied program and are a technical group on the field.”
Princeton is entering the match with a 1-1-1 record, while Temple looks to get their third win of the season, currently standing with a 2-3-1 record.
After a shutout win on Friday by freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff, coach Gwilliam said that he is still unsure who will be in goal for today’s match against Princeton.
“Every week is a new week, and if I earn it, I will earn it,” Kerkhoff said when asked if she believes she will start in goal on Sunday.
The Owls are not phased by another tough competitor, as they have seen schools such as James Madison, Hofstra, and Princeton already this season, Gwilliam said.
“I think they’re going to be strong, fast, and athletic,” senior forward Morgyn Seigfried said. “They’re going to be a good team, but we have played a lot of good teams this season.
The women’s soccer team will look to capture its second win of the season on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Ambler Sports Complex against visiting Iona College at 4 p.m.
Entering Friday’s match, Temple comes in with a 1-3-1 record, while Iona will enter with a 1-2-1 record. Both of Iona’s losses have come on the road, while Temple’s lone win was at home.
With a slow start to the season, the Owls’ record has not indicated the way that the team has played, coach Matt Gwilliam said.
The Owls have lost three matches this season to Hofstra, James Madison and the University of Pennsylvania. With another tough match up against Iona on Friday, the Owls are hoping to put one in the win column, Gwilliam said.
“They are a really, really difficult team,” Gwilliam said. “They just had a big overtime win against Rhode Island and are really tough team.”
Gwilliam has yet to name a starting goalkeeper for Friday’s match. Coach Gwilliam pulled redshirt-senior goalkeeper Tara Murphy after allowing two goals 23 minutes apart in the 2-0 loss at Penn on Sunday, Sept. 2.
Freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff replaced Murphy and earned her first collegiate save in the final 11 minutes of the Penn loss.
“We are just lacking in the cutting edge,” Gwilliam said. “We have done good things, but need to continue to work on the little things.”
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.”