SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Bridget Settles scored a goal in the 21st minute and it held up as the Temple field hockey team remained undefeated in Atlantic 10 play with a 1-0 win at Saint Louis. The Owls (7-10, 4-0) will return home for "Senior Day" against Massachusetts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Minutewomen may also be undefeated heading into that contest, pending the outcome of their Friday afternoon game at La Salle.
No doubt frustrating for Temple was its lack of scoring for the second straight game despite almost total domination on offense. Last weekend the Owls got a 2-1 overtime win vs. La Salle despite out-shooting the Explorers 22-3, and today's effort at Saint Louis (3-13, 0-2) produced similar results as Temple recorded 17 shots to the Billikens' two.
Megan Ambrose was impressive in goal for Saint Louis with nine saves.
It was on the Owls' sixth shot of the game that Settles scored, driving the ball in from the left side to the far post and past Ambrose for the 1-0 lead. Temple had 10 penalty corner opportunities in the game compared to just one for Saint Louis, but was unable to get an insurance goal the rest of the way.
Fortunately for the Owls, one shot for Saint Louis went high in the first period, and the other hit the post in the second period.
For Settles, it was her team and conference-leading 15th goal of the season and the 40th of her career.
With a win on Sunday against Massachusetts, Temple would clinch the A-10 regular season and the top seed in the A-10 Tournament, which will be held at nearby Saint Joseph's on Nov. 4-5.