Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Temple Defeats No. 15 Drexel Field Hockey, 5-1

Philadelphia, Pa. - No. 15 Drexel Field Hockey picked up its third loss of the season after dropping a 5-1 decision to Temple. The Owls held a slim advantage in shots, 16-14, and tallied three penalty corners to Drexel's one. The Dragons are 5-3 overall.

Temple Defeats No. 15 Drexel Field Hockey, 5-1

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Philadelphia, Pa. – No. 15 Drexel Field Hockey picked up its third loss of the season after dropping a 5-1 decision to Temple. The Owls held a slim advantage in shots, 16-14, and tallied three penalty corners to Drexel's one. The Dragons are 5-3 overall.

The Temple Owls earned an early goal with just 1:50 into first half. Temple's Alyssa Delp took the first shot of the game that was stopped by Drexel's Jantien Gunter. Delp regained possession following the save and scored off her second attempt to give the Owls a one-goal lead. With six minutes off the clock, Danielle Grassi looked to tie up the score for Drexel until opposing goalkeeper Lizzy Millen turned away both of her shots.

At 9:12 in the first, Gunter made another stop for the Dragons, however, Delp was able to score off the rebound to extend Temple's lead to two goals. Junior forward Lindsay McArdle answered back a minute later with an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to one, 2-1. Over 25 minutes into the game, Amanda Flieschut blasted a shot off of a penalty corner. The ball was cleared away by Millen.

With less than five minutes remaining in the opening half, Temple tallied its third goal off of a penalty corner. McArdle tested Millen in the final minute of the half, but her shot was denied giving the Owl's a 3-1 lead at halftime. Temple held a slim advantage in shots, 10-9, in the first.

At the start of the second half, Temple's Sydney Hibshman scored off of a pass from teammate Amber Youtz's. Drexel continued to work the ball into the attacking end and had three scoring attempts blocked by Millen. Following Margaux Lourtie's stopped shot, the Owls gained momentum down field.

Minutes later, Temple's Amber Youtz recorded a goal off a rebounded shot giving the opposing Owls a 5-1 lead. With 22 minutes remaining in the game, the Dragons pulled their goalkeeper to put more pressure on Temple's defense. Despite Drexel's offensive efforts, the Owls held onto the lead until the game clock expired.

Drexel's goalkeeper Jantien Gunter made five saves in 47:54 minutes of play. She now has 33 stops on the season. Opposing keeper Lizzy Millen made nine saves for the win.

The Dragons will open up conference play on Friday, September 21 against James Madison at 3:30 p.m.  followed by a non-conference contest against VCU at noon on Sunday at Buckley Field.

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