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Temple Men's Soccer's Vaughn Spurrier and Tyler Witmer Lead Owls Over St. Joe's in Front of Bobby Rosato's 2-0 Shutout

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In Its only match of the weekend, the Owls rebounded from last Sunday's shutout loss to George Washington by posting one of their own by holding the Saint Joseph's Hawks scoreless Saturday evening at Finnesey Field. Senior Tyler Witmer (Wernersville, PA./Conrad Weiser) and sophomore Vaughn Spurrier (Cleveland, Ohio/St.Ignatius) each finished the contest with a three-point night, including a goal apiece to give Temple the 2-0 victory.

Temple Men's Soccer's Vaughn Spurrier and Tyler Witmer Lead Owls Over St. Joe's in Front of Bobby Rosato's 2-0 Shutout

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Sophomore Vaughn Spurrier

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – In Its only match of the weekend, the Owls rebounded from last Sunday's shutout loss to George Washington by posting one of their own by holding the Saint Joseph's Hawks scoreless Saturday evening at Finnesey Field.  Senior Tyler Witmer  (Wernersville, PA./Conrad Weiser) and sophomore Vaughn Spurrier (Cleveland, Ohio/St.Ignatius) each finished the contest with a three-point night, including a goal apiece to give Temple the 2-0 victory.

Temple blasted a season-high 23 shots, nine of which were fired on net at St. Joe's junior netminder Andrew D'Ottavi.  Spurrier had a game-high six shots in the match, one of which found the back of the goal in the seventh minute to get the Owls out to a quick lead. Witmer and junior Cody Calafiore (Howell, N.J./Howell)collaborated on Temple's opening goal. Witmer put a cap on the game in the 87th minute when he scored after receiving a cross from Spurrier.

Rookie goalkeeper Bobby Rosato (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) posted his third shutout victory of the season and his first in A-10 play. Rosato stopped the only two St. Joe's shots that came his way in the 25th and 72nd minute to keep the Owls narrow lead intact and in position for the win.  

Fouls were relatively even, with Temple having the edge in the count, 14-13. Four yellow cards were issued during the match, as each team had two players warned.

The Owls pick up their second conference win of the season with their win over the Hawks, helping them to improve to 2-1-0 in A-10 play, while evening their overall record to 6-6-0. St. Joe's drops to 1-10-0 on the year and 0-3-0 in league matches.

Temple has concluded a three-game road swing and will now return to the Ambler Sports Complex on Friday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. tilt with the Xavier Musketeers. The Owls will be playing on their home field for the first time since their season opener back on Sept. 3 when it defeated Lafayette, 1-0. 

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