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.
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.
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.
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.