Owls fall to Golden Hurricane for second straight loss – The Temple News

Spencer Patton, a senior defenseman, looks across the pitch before kicking the ball during the Owls’ game against the University of Memphis at Temple Sports Complex on September 29. | NOEL CHACKO / NEWS FROM THE TEMPLE

No.8 ranked University of Tulsa (10-1, 5-1 The American Athletic Conference) beat Temple University men’s football (2-7-2, 0-6-0 The American) 2-1 , giving the Owls their second straight loss on Saturday night.

“I was happy with the game plan,” said head coach Brian Rowland. “I was happy with where we were able to generate counters, I wish we had done more, I wish we could create more opportunities from these situations that have existed throughout Game.”

The Golden Hurricane had 15 total shots and eight shots on goal in their winning effort. With few attacking chances, the Owls recorded just four total shots and three shots on goal, including two saved by Golden Hurricane first-year goaltender Alex Lopez.

Golden Hurricane second-year forward Alex Meinhard scored the game’s first goal in the 47th minute from a penalty that found the left side of the net.

The penalty kick was a controversial call as it came after a foul on Owls second-year forward Aly Camara that appeared to have occurred just outside the box, although the referee ruled that he was inside. Camara received a yellow card on the part.

“We watched the rerun, it’s off the beaten track,” Rowland said. “I mean we don’t have a rerun, which is unfortunate is a big call. But it’s a mistake we didn’t need to make.

The game was Camara’s first start of the season in the game, and he scored one of the team’s three shots on goal in the losing effort.

After the Golden Hurricane’s first goal, Owls senior defenseman Spencer Patton equalized two minutes later on a breakaway goal for his first goal as an Owl.

Second-year Owls midfielder Amir Cohen passed it to Patton on the left side of the field, and Patton pulled his curling shot past Lopez’s outstretched arms into the right corner of the net.

Golden Hurricane junior defender Til Zinnhardt scored the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute with a powerful header from a corner, giving the lead 2-1.

Owls senior goaltender Goodwill Agbaadem, who had three saves in the game, got his first college start after second-year goalie Liam Cummings suffered an undisclosed injury.

“I think Goodwill played really well,” Rowland said. “He didn’t have much to do to be fair, but he looked confident he did what we asked him to do and I think the guys in front of him played really well.

Temple will face the University of Pennsylvania (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Ivy League) on October 19 at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Field in University City.

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