It was a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory for the Temple field hockey team on Sunday at Geasey Field over a former Atlantic 10 rival Richmond. After trailing 1-0, the Owls held a 2-1 lead going into the half. However in the second half the Spiders seemed to turn the tide and the majority of the second half was played in Temple’s defensive zone.
Eventually, Richmond would find the back of the net with 15 minutes remaining to even the score. Though the offensive pressure continued for the Spiders for the rest of regulation the Owls held strong defensively and got the game into overtime where Amber Youtz would net her second goal of the game in the victory.
“I think we knew coming in that Richmond was going to be an emotional game.” Molly Doyle said who though she is a midfielder contributed admirably on defense for the Owls. “Those last few saves in regulation just helped us kind of go into overtime knowing that we were strong defensively and that we could move the ball forward.” Doyle said.
In the middle of it all for the Owls was goalkeeper Lizzy Millen as Richmond generated a total of seven penalty corners to Temple’s two which was the primary source of offense for the Spiders.
“I have to admit I was a little disappointed that they did score twice on me.” Millen said. “It was really important just to shake it off and move forward.” Millen went on to say.
Head coach Amanda Janney said the message to her team in between regulation and overtime was simple.
“Just keep our composure and play our game” Janney told the team in the brief intermission before the overtime period began.
Janney said she didn’t feel her Owls played their best game but said that at the end of the day there were more positives to take away from a game like Sunday’s.
“I think that’s the sign of a great team that you don’t have to play the best game of hockey but you still know how to win, you still know how to score.” Janney said.
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