Owls ranked No. 18, Foran named player of the week

Temple improved to 8-2 over the weekend with a 2-1 win over Big East rival Rutgers and a 3-0 shutout of Sacred Heart.

The Owls have won five straight, keeping them within the nation’s top 20 for the fourth straight week.

This week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll has the Owls in the No. 18 spot, placing them one spot behind the No. 17 ranking they held last week.

Temple has gotten off to its best start since 1990, but hasn’t moved up in the national rankings since taking the No. 11 spot back on Sept. 10.

A win on Friday night could change that.

The Owls will face conference opponent Louisville on Friday night, who at 7-2 is one spot ahead of Temple at No. 17.

Temple is 2-0 in Big East play after beating both Villanova and Rutgers, but Louisville will be the first ranked team it faces since shutting out the then No. 6 ranked Penn State 3-0 on Sept. 6.

Freshman forward Katie Foran had a big weekend for the Owls and she is getting recognized for it.

Foran has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals over the weekend.

She scored both of Temple’s goals in Friday’s 2-1 win over Rutgers and tallied the first goal in the 3-0 shutout of Sacred Heart on Sunday.

Foran is the third Owl to earn the award this season, joining senior midfielder/defender and co-captain Molly Doyle and junior forward Amber Youtz.

Field hockey takes on Penn State

University Park is the destination for the Owls’ first road trip of the year, as they have a Friday night matchup against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Both teams lost their last game, so both will be looking to bounce back with a win. However, Temple’s success against Penn State in recent years hasn’t been all that great. The Owls are 0-3 against Penn State over the last three seasons, losing each game by a four-goal deficit.

Temple began the season with an impressive 4-1 win over Ohio State, but had a hard time keeping pace with No. 2 ranked Maryland in a 5-1 loss the next day.

Despite the loss, Temple did have some bright spots in that game. They were able to keep the game at a 1-1 tie for the majority of the first half. The offense, led by junior forward Amber Youtz, senior forward Lauren Hunt and freshman forward Katie Foran had trouble breaking through Maryland’s defensive setup, but the Owls’ defense was able to hold their own for a good part of the game.

Three goals did get by redshirt-junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen in the second half, but she made 18 saves by the end of the day, which is no small feat, considering that Maryland was able to put 23 shots on goal and spent a lot of time on the attack.

There wasn’t a lot that went Temple’s way in Sunday’s loss to Maryland, but they’re hoping that what did go right will carry over.

“We know we have the right pieces in place,” head coach Amanda Janney said. “It was a little disappointing seeing that we gave up so many goals in the second half, after having such a great first half with Maryland.”

“We are not quite battle-tested yet,” Janney added. “But an opponent like Penn State will help us get ready for the Big East.”