PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Temple men's soccer (2-0-0) took the momentum from the start and wasted no time getting itself an early advantage against Holy Cross in the first game of the Brown Soccer Classic. En route to a 4-1 victory, junior Cody Calafiore scored the first of his two goals 17 seconds into the match when he pelted a shot on an empty net from 25 yards out for the game's first score.
Falling behind early, Holy Cross looked for a way to get back in the contest. The Crusaders brought pressure into the Owls' zone in the 17th minute, ripping two shots on goal which were robbed by freshman goalkeeper Bobby Rosato.
In his second collegiate start, Rosato finished the match with four saves. His only mistake came in the 75th minute with the Owls already up three goals. Holy Cross's Will Bowers fed Josh Cintas a pass in the goal box, who put it in for the Crusader's first tally of the season.
The Owls defense did its job once again, as it limited the Crusaders to seven shots for the game and defended six Holy Cross corner kicks successfully.
When the Owls regained possession after and went the other way after two shots on goal by Holy Cross, Temple brought a strong offensive attack led by sophomores Sawyer and Nolan Hemmer. The twins hooked up for the Owls second goal of the game when Sawyer dished a pass to Nolan, who headed the ball into the back of the goal.
Courtesy of senior Tyler Witmer, Herman Watch-List selectee Calafiore expanded on the Owls lead in the 51st minute when he scored his third goal of the season.
Calafiore's two-goal afternoon marked the first time that an Owl had a multi-goal game since he himself scored twice at Dayton in last season's match, back on Oct. 5, 2010.
After the Crusaders intruded on Temple's three-goal lead in the 75th minute, by adding one of their own, junior Andrew Dodds regained the advantage seven minutes later for the Owls on a play setup by senior Evan Bransdorferand sophomore Vaughn Spurrier.
With two wins in its first two opportunities for the first time since 2003, the Owls now ready themselves for a date with this weekend's tournament host, the Brown University Bears for a Sunday afternoon kickoff which is set to get underway at 2:30 p.m.