Senior forward Bridget Settles didn’t disappoint during her final home game at Geasey Field. Settles had two goals in the second half to pace the Owls in a win over Liberty (5-10).
Settles, the nation’s 20th ranked goal scorer, said that this final home game was really important to her and the other seniors.
“It’s really great, because we lost on Senior Day,” Settles said. “I just wanted to leave here with a win, and leave an impression.”
An impression is exactly what she left. After a quiet first half with only five shots between both teams, Settles stepped up.
“We had a slow start in the first half,” Settles said. “But as soon as the second half started we got the point that we needed to put the ball in the net.”
In the 52nd minute Settles scored off an assist by junior forward Katie Briglia. Only minutes later in the 60th minute, Settles put the game out of reach with her second goal off an assist by freshman forward Amber Youtz.
Coach Amanda Janney said Settles’ presence on and off the field will be missed.
“The seniors really stepped up, and [Settles] led us,” Janney said. “She’s been a great leader for us all year.”
The Owls shutout Liberty, allowing only one shot on goal throughout the entire game. With Settles leading the charge, Temple was able shake off any remaining rust and prepare for the upcoming Atlantic Ten Conference playoffs.
With the game in hand the Owls were able to relax, and with sophomore forward Tori Cox’s goal in the 65th minute, Temple was able to rest some starters for the upcoming A-10 faceoff against Lock Haven (9-10, 2-3).
Janney said that a shut out win is a good way to head back into conference play. The matchup with Lock Haven with be the Owls’ final A-10 opponent and a win would be key for Temple’s ranking in the conference playoffs.
“I’d like to see a similar game like this, in terms that we give [Lock Haven] no shots and that we’re able to get on the boards as much as possible,” Janney said. “To have that moment and knowing that our defense is solid will really help moving into the [A-10 playoffs].”
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