Written by: Kevin Schaeffer
The Owls (3-8 overall 0-0 Big East) open Big East play Friday at Geasey Field. The Owls will be playing two-time defending national champion and currently the number two ranked team according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Connecticut (11-0 overall 1-0 Big East).
Coming off of four straight losses the Owls hope that they can turn the season around in conference, but it will not be easy considering the Big East is home to two teams in the NFHCA top 25 with Connecticut being joined by No. 15 Old Dominion.
While also trying to get their first win in conference Temple will look to win its first game against a ranked opponent this season, having lost to No. 3 Maryland, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 12 among others.
The key to Owls’ success Friday should be their offense. The Owls are second in the conference in goals per game (2.82), they only trail their opponents on Friday UConn.
Senior forward Alyssa Delp and senior midfielder Sarah Deck look to lead Temple’s offense during conference play. Delp leads the team with nine goals so far this season, which is good for a tie for second most in conference. Delp was key to the Owls’ last victory of Monmouth where she netted a hat trick.
Deck, who is the team’s second leading goal scorer with six, looks to add extra push to give the Owls’ a win to open conference play.
UConn will be led by sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner. Veitner in second in the division 1 in goals per game (2.09) and has 23 goals total.
Both of the top two offenses in the Big East look to firing on all cylinders Friday afternoon.