Written By: Morgan Killian-Moseley
A hard-fought battle for 110 minutes and an outstanding effort by both goalkeepers led to another draw for the Owls, as they finished deadlocked 1-1 with the Rider Broncs.
Rider opened the scoring in the 31st minute as Nikki Arrington was able to get her first goal of the season past Temple goalkeeper Kamryn Sablein. The Owls were able to gain the equalizer in the 35th minute as chaos in front of the net off a corner kick, one of 13 Temple earned in the game, enabled Emily Kavanaugh to come through with her first tally of the season.
The Owls peppered Broncs keeper Ellie Scianclepore with 31 shots, more than they’d taken in the first four games of the season combined, with 13 of those shots being on goal, but Scianclepore was more than up to the task, stopping 12 of them. Kamryn Sablein, meanwhile, may not have had to face as many shots as Scianclepore, but when it came down to it, the American Athletic Conference’s Women’s Keeper of the Week came through when the Owls needed her most, stopping six of seven shots on goal, including two massive saves in the 104th minute coming off a breakaway opportunity by Rider midfielder Lindsey Maslow.
The game was a hard-fought, at times chippy affair, as plenty of fouls were called on both sides. Yet only one yellow card was assessed to Rider’s Karagh Tait in the 78th minute.
Both teams lost a player due to injury in the battle, as Rider’s Emily DeLuisi came up limping mid-first half, exiting in the 25th minute with a lower-body injury. For Temple, Hailey Gutowski came up hurting in overtime, leaving the match for good also due to a lower-body injury in the 104th minute.
With the draw, the Owls remain winless at 0-2-3, though all 3 draws have come at home. Temple will face Big 5 rival St. Joe’s on Hawk Hill on Thursday, Sept. 9, before opening conference play on the road against Memphis on Sept. 16. As for Rider, they move to 1-2-1 and will host NJIT on Wednesday, Sept. 8.