Kakalecik saves 10 goals in first Big East win

Redshirt-sophomore Jaqi Kakalecik has shared time in net, playing during the second half of each of Temple’s games this season. | EJ SMITH TTN
Redshirt-sophomore Jaqi Kakalecik. | EJ SMITH TTN

After Temple built a 7-5 lead, Villanova tried to answer back with a goal before halftime. Sophomore goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik didn’t allow that to happen..

“I saw [a Wildcat] coming around the crease,” Kakalecik said. “I watched her stick and tried to get as close as I could. I was trying to react.”

Villanova fought back, however. The Wildcats erased two two-goal leads the Owls held during the game. Kakelecik, who shared minutes at goal during the team’s first six games, has been playing full-time at the position since a March 15 game against Delaware.

“Everyone on defense knew we needed to make a big stop,” Kakalecik said. “Then we could get the ball back to the offense, but I was focused on making another stop.”

Kakalecik made several key stops in the closing minutes to secure a 12-10 win for the Owls, and recorded her highest saves total of the season. She credited the team’s defense for her success.

“We are all one unit,” she said. “When I’m picking them up it helps them play better and when they play well it helps me. It’s a self-amplifying cycle. We feed off of each other.”

 Fabian Elumogo can be reached at fabian.elumogo@temple.edu.

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