Owls snap losing streak

After losing two consecutive games, Temple rebounded Friday night with a 4-0 victory over New Hampshire.

Every time Kelly Farrell steps foot on the pitch, coach Seamus O’Connor believes his senior attacking midfielder is going to score.

He said he’s never felt so confident about a player in his entire life.

Farrell recorded her first multi-goal game of the season on Friday night, as her two second-half scores helped Temple (5-2) snap a two-game skid and defeat the University of New Hampshire, 4-0.

The 5-foot-7 inch forward has a team-high seven goals on 22 shots this season.

“I always know she’s going to score,” O’Connor said. “Kelly’s a whole lot better when she’s got somebody around her to work with and tonight we were able to figure out how to get players around her, and she’s just unbelievable to watch.”

Farrell has scored in all six games she has played in 2015. She did not play in the Owls’ loss to the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 4 due to a red card against Rider University three days prior.

One of the players who helped facilitate Farrell’s chances was fellow senior Paige Rachel, a Manchester, New Hampshire, native, who started and logged 45 minutes in her return to her home state.

In the offseason, O’Connor scheduled New Hampshire to honor Rachel and give her an extra dose of motivation while she was recovering from her second ACL tear.

“I thought she was very professional to stay focused and play when there’s a lot of distractions being in her home state again,” O’Connor said. “It’s unique and it’s cool and it’s great that she can come away with a win too so she can wear her Temple stuff up here in New Hampshire with pride.”

Freshman midfielder Sarah McGlinn had a breakout performance for the Owls, following up Farrell’s back-to-back goals with two of her own, both unassisted, for the final margin.

McGlinn has seen steady playing time this season, averaging 44 minutes per game, but had yet to find her scoring touch until Friday night.

“She knows her job is to help the team by scoring, so, being a freshman, it’s tough to kind of handle all that,” O’Connor said. “She continues to work hard and she just never stops, and I think that’s just a great reward to see her come up with those goals.”

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash notched the first 90-minute shutout of her career.

Nash, who is playing in place of injured senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff, recorded a career-high five saves while facing 18 shots from New Hampshire.

“She was super confident, talking, communicating, organizing and the defense in front of her was great tonight,” O’Connor said. “I could tell in warmups she was her usual, goofy self and I knew she was going to play well.”

Tom Reifsnyder can be reached at tom.reifsnyder@temple.edu or on Twitter @Tom_Reifsnyder

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Owls snap losing streak

Wide receiver Phil Goodman doesn’t typically hang around after games. After all of the Owls’ previous four home games this year, including their Sept. 18 win over Florida A&M, the senior gathered his belongings and

Wide receiver Phil Goodman doesn’t typically hang around after games. After all of the Owls’ previous four home games this year, including their Sept. 18 win over Florida A&M, the senior gathered his belongings and slipped out of the stadium before coach Bobby Wallace had even concluded his post-game press conference.

Goodman was more than willing to stick around and chat last Saturday, however, after Temple (2-8, 1-4) beat Syracuse, 34-24, to break a six-game losing streak. It was the Owls’ first win in the Big East in two years and their first win against a Division I-A team this season.

“I just want to bask in this win with my teammates,” said Goodman, whose 24-yard touchdown reception put the Owls on the board with a first-quarter lead they would not relinquish. “I’m usually out of here by now, but I’m trying to enjoy these last couple times with my teammates. Some of these guys I might never see again.”

Goodman, who caught three passes for 77 yards, was the prime beneficiary of quarterback Walter Washington’s career day. Last week at West Virginia, Wallace called Washington’s performance the best of his career. The Orange might feel differently, after watching the junior compile 315 yards of total offense and four touchdowns with nearly flawless execution.

“It’s so easy for us [on the team] to take Walter Washington for granted,” Wallace said. “We take it in stride because we see it every day in practice, but today he was unbelievable.”

Washington, who was poised to break two major school records against Syracuse, fretted all last week about the possibility of achieving those individual milestones in a loss. The day turned out perfect, as he broke Henry Burris’ single-season record for total offense and tied Paul Palmer’s single-season record for rushing touchdowns in a welcome victory.

“I’m more happy for the team, the program, than anything,” said Washington, who also broke the Big East record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Washington (10-for-19, 130 yards) found Goodman to open the scoring and the Owls never looked back. Wide receiver Ikey Chuku’s 51-yard completion to Buchie Ibeh on the next drive set up a quarterback sneak to extend the lead to 14-0. Washington then responded to Orange kicker Collin Barber’s 30-yard field goal with a 19-yard touchdown run to make the halftime score 21-3.

Syracuse running back Damien Rhodes dashed for two touchdowns in the third quarter, but each time the Owls answered with a score.

“Every time I got the ball, I was trying to get a first down and keep the clock ticking,” said junior running back Umar Ferguson, who had 56 of the Owls’ 288 team rushing yards.

Syracuse did not waver from its grind-it-out style of play with starting running back Walter Reyes sidelined with a shoulder injury. Rhodes rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the loss, which wasn’t a sure thing until Temple cornerback DeMarco Dodson picked off quarterback Perry Patterson (20-for-35, 240 yards) on the Orange’s last-ditch drive.

“After that, I was so excited,” said cornerback Ray Lamb, who had three tackles and a pass deflection. “But it wasn’t a sigh of relief. There’s not a law on the books that says we’re going to lose every game. When we come here, we’re ready to play.”

Senior safety Bobby Fulmore, stepping in for the injured Lawrence Wade, led the team with 12 tackles. Much-maligned kicker Ryan Lux might have discouraged the naysayers for a week by converting both his field goal attempts, the second of which provided the Owls with insurance in the fourth quarter.

But the man of the hour was Washington. Teammates and coaches agreed that although the win was a total team effort, their quarterback was the deciding factor.

“What a performance,” Wallace said. “He’s harder to stop than you can imagine.”

Benjamin Watanabe can be reached at bgw@temple.edu.

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