Temple Men's Soccer Drops Road Match At Duquesne, 2-0

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Temple men's soccer team opened its final weekend road trip with a 2-0 defeat to the Duquesne Dukes at Rooney Field on Friday night. Duquesne's Josh Patterson showed why he is the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, as the junior forward tallied both scores for the Dukes, having goals in the 17th and 82nd minute. Patterson's second goal, which served as an insurance goal for Duquesne, was netted on a penalty kick attempt. The loss for Temple drops the team to 7-8-0 on the year, while evening its A-10 record at 3-3-0. From Pittsburgh, the Owls will pick up and make their way to Olean, N.Y. for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. bout with St. Bonaventure.

Temple tested Duquesne moments after the Dukes took the lead. Sophomore Vaughn Spurrier (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) blasted one of his three shots on goal in the 24th minute, but it was kept out of the net by Duquesne netminder Colin Thorp. Moments later, classmate Cody Calafiore had Temple's biggest scoring opportunity of the game when he fired a shot on net that nailed the crossbar.

“In the first half, we played very well; we had chances, but just didn't finish,” head coach David MacWilliams said. “Josh Patterson was definitely a handful for us tonight. He is one of the best forwards we've seen all year and he hurt us tonight.”

The Owls out-shot Duquesne, 9-8, in the opening half before the Dukes tightened up on their defense for the second stanza. Duquesne held Temple to just three shots over the course of the final 45 minutes.

Rookie goalkeeper Bobby Rosato (Downingtown,Pa./Downingtown West) rejected six of eight shots Duquesne kicked his way.

Senior Tyler Witmer (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) made his return to the Owls' starting lineup after missing last Sunday's game due to sustaining an injury in last Friday's match versus Xavier. While Witmer returned, the Owls lost Zach Arch (Broomall, Pa./Shipley) Friday against Duquesne, as he suffered a concussion. Ryan Bradbury (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) also came off the field to get attention after being injured.

Taking a look at Temple's current standing in terms of the A-10 postseason, the Owls are sitting in 10th place with three conference games remaining. What looks like a tough situation at the moment, the Owls are separated by the sixth and final A-10 Tournament slot by only two points.

“We're still in it,” MacWilliams said. “We have to go win our next game on Sunday and then we still have two more games at home. We were in the same situation last year, so we're familiar with this type of pressure. We just have to go out and win our next game and then take each one after that, one at a time.”

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