Junior starting goalie Bobby Rosato sustained an injury which forced him to leave the game against Atlantic 10 rival Saint Bonaventure early. Sophomore goalie Dan Scheck came in and helped secure Temple’s overtime win, 2-1.
“[Rosato got injured] with five minutes left in the warmup,” coach David MacWilliams said. “I didn’t know about it until halftime.”
“We kept watching, and we were warming up [Scheck] even as the start of the second half went,” MacWilliams said. “Then, [Rosato] made a motion to us that he couldn’t go, and that’s when we made the change.”
During Scheck’s nearly 50 minutes of playtime, he recorded seven saves. His performance was much needed as the Owls found themselves down, 0-1, as he entered the game.
“[Scheck] came up big time,” MacWilliams said. “He made two or three big saves.”
Of Scheck’s seven total saves, his most outstanding save came as Saint Bonaventure was making an offensive push towards the end of the second half.
With under ten minutes remaining in regulation, Saint Bonaventure launched a shot to the top of the net. Scheck jumped and reached up to make the save.
“He saved us- a lot; he made [that] really big save,”junior defender Jake Lister, who scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in overtime, said. “[Scheck’s play] definitely motivated us.”
“Scheck came up really big in the second half when he got subbed in,” said Lister. “He had a lot of big saves.”
Nearly four minutes later, Saint Bonaventure took another similar shot. This time however, the shot hit off the cross-bar.
“He had a little luck with the post, but – you know – he still came up big on two or three saves,” MacWilliams said.
Scheck’s playing time this season has been determined by Rosato’s health.
Rosato was recovering from a stress fracture to begin the regular season. This meant Scheck was in goal against Virginia Tech and James Madison University.
Temple lost to Virginia Tech, 0-1, and tied James Madison University, 0-0.
In those games, Scheck logged 200 minutes with one goal allowed and five saves.
“Danny is a really good shot stopper,” MacWilliams said. “With his reactions and everything else, he’s tough to beat,”
“There’s things that he can improve on, but as far as his shot stopping ability, he’s very, very good,” MacWilliams said.
During his last appearance against Manhattan, Scheck allowed one goal but recorded two saves in roughly 53 minutes of play.
In that game, he was replaced for Rosato, though Rosato had not expected to play as he was still recovering from injury. Temple would go on to win that game, 3-2.
Against Saint Bonaventure, Rosato allowed one goal in just over 50 minutes of play.
“[Besides the back injury,] there were no [other] issues with [Rosato],” MacWilliams said. “[On the Bonaventure goal,] I think there was miscommunication; the guy was wide open at the top of the box, and had a free shot.”
As it remains to be seen when Rosato will see playing time again, the Temple’s next game is against another A10 rival in Duquesne on Oct. 7, 2012.
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