Written By: Rocco Disangro
It has been a season to remember for the Temple Owls, especially with the program’s huge upset win over the Penn State Nittany Lions, and for those of you that think I am talking about the Temple football team, you are sadly mistaken. The Temple Men’s Soccer team has been off to a red-hot start in the 2015 campaign. The team is currently 3-0-1 while outscoring the competition 7-2 in the process. On Friday September 4th, the Owls took on #25 Penn State, which is the team’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2010. The last time the Owls beat Penn State was 1997, so, like the football team, the soccer team had a drought of their own against the Nittany Lions. Jorge Gomez Sanchez, who is leading the Owls in points (nine) and goals (four), was able to put the game in the bag for the Owls, en route to a 2-0 victory.
Yesterday, the Owls hosted Rider at the Ambler campus, and they found themselves down early in the game after Rider’s Sonimi Halliday found the net in the 12th minute off of a corner kick. The Owls clawed their way back and their run started in the 57th minute of the game, when Belal Mohamed found Temple forward Dinho Zwane for a goal that would tie the game at 1-1. In the 74th minute, Jorge Gomez Sanchez netted the go-ahead goal to put the Owls ahead 2-1, and just minutes later, Gomez Sanchez would rip another one into the back of the net, but this time it was off of a penalty kick.
It is a great start to the season for the Temple Owls, and they have a long season ahead, but if they continue to play they way they have, then the task ahead looks much easier. The soccer team doesn’t play again until Sunday, September 13th, where they will host Yale at 3 p.m. at the Ambler campus.