PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/5/2014 – The Temple Owls and Villanova renewed a city rivalry and started a new conference rivalry at Geasey Field. In a tightly contested game in which neither team would own more than a two-goal lead, Temple prevailed when senior attack Jaymie Tabor scored the decisive final goal with 4:36 to play. The Owls earned a 12 – 10 Big East win over new conference foe and old city rival Villanova. The Cherry and White got their first conference win, and generated excitement.
“It is really exciting,” said Temple Coach Bonnie Rosen. “Being in the Big East is exciting. We had local matches when we were in the Atlantic 10, now we have Villanova as a local rival which is great. Today was a huge win for us, and a big step for us to get to Big East Tournament play.”
With the game was tied at 9 Tabor scored on a free position goal at the 10:52 mark. The Owls added another free positional goal with 8:25 to play to gain a two-goal cushion. Villanova Coach Julie Young saw Temple get an edge on the Tabor goal.
“When it was tied in the second half, I thought the team that went ahead was going to have mental advantage,” said Young. “Temple got that. They had the edge when they got that lead.”
Villanova stayed in proximity getting a goal from sophomore attack Kelsey Denihan, her 18th of the season, assisted by junior midfielder Hannah Goforth. Following a timeout Temple set up for the key sequence. With the field spread Tabor cut down the middle. She took a pass from Glassford and beat Villanova sophomore goal keeper Jaclyn Fraum for the 12 – 10 lead.
“It’s always good to have a cushion because things can change quickly,” said Tabor. “Morgan (Glassford) had the ball and I was two people away. They went to double and I cut through. That left me open, and I went in and scored.”
Each team played well executing their offense six on six. The advantage would go to the team who got more possessions. The Owls got that edge getting an 18 – 11 edge in Ground Balls.
Villanova had 22 fouls compared to 17 for Temple.
“We needed to stay aggressive in our mentality, and that did create turnovers and allowed us to score goals,” said Rosen. “But in the end we scored more goals than they did.”
“Draw controls were pivotal, and we got big stops at the end.”
Table had a 5-point game for the Cherry and White with 4 goals and an assist. The senior from Downingtown leads the team with 25 goals and 28 points. Sophomore attack Rachel Schwaab had a hat trick to bring her season total to 10 goals. Glassford had two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Tiernan, senior midfielder Kelly Syphard, and sophomore midfielder Megan Pinkerton added a goal each. Sophomore goal keeper Jaqi Kakalecik saved 10 of 21 shots by the Wildcats.
Villanova had a trio of players who scored three goals apiece in Goforth, who scored a natural hat trick, Denihan, and sophomore attack Meghan Breen, who has a team leading 20 goals. Freshman midfielder Becca Hetrick also found the net. Junior attack Jessica Mucci registered 3 assists. Fraum made 10 saves facing 25 Temple shots.
The Owls improve to 4 – 7 over the season. The Wildcats are 6 – 5 on the season, and are still looking for their initial win over Temple. Both schools are 1 – 1 in the Big East. Both team can create excitement with a renewed rivalry.
“It’s always exciting when you play a team within a couple of miles from you,” Young said. “There is such a big rivalry within the Philadelphia schools. We were up for this game and it was the first time we played them in the regular season. They’re in the Big East now, so it is nice to have someone in our city in the league.”
“I never played against Villanova, so it was great as they are a big rival,” said Tabor. “It was awesome.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian