Women’s soccer and football receive conference honors

The American Athletic Conference honored three Temple athletes on Monday following their performances over the weekend.

Then-junior goalkeeper Morgan Basileo tends goal during practice at the Temple Sports Complex on Sept. 13, 2018. | SAGE HURLEY / THE TEMPLE NEWS

On Monday, American Athletic Conference’s named Temple University’s senior running back Ryquell Armstead to the conference honor roll following the Owls’ loss to Boston College this past weekend. This is Armstead’s second consecutive week on the AAC Honor Roll, after receiving the honor for his play against Tulsa.

Armstead recorded 171 yards on 24 carries and a career-high four touchdowns. For the season he’s totaled 535 yards and five touchdowns on 102 carries.

Armstead recorded four straight games of 100 or more yards rushing. Armstead is the first Temple running back since Tarnado Sharps in 2002 to accomplish that feat.

“[Ryquell] is playing at a really high level,” coach Geoff Collins said. “Just so proud to what he means to this organization. What he means to this team this university and how hard he plays and how unselfish of a player he is. Giving up himself on special teams giving up himself on defense and just running his heart out on every single play.”

Last week, Armstead was named to the Paul Hornung Honor Roll for his 108 rushing yards and one touchdown against Tulsa.

Temple will host East Carolina at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday, October 6th at 12 P.M.

Women’s Soccer

Two women’s soccer players received weekly awards for their performances against Central Florida and South Florida.

For the second straight week, Freshman forward Gabriela Johnson earned conference rookie of the week honors. Junior Goalkeeper Morgan Basileo was named AAC Goalkeeper of the week after recording in 11 saves two games.

Johnson scored Thursday in a 2-1 loss to Central Florida, and again on Sunday in a 1-0 win against South Florida. Johnson’s goal against South Florida was an overtime winner that secured the Owls’ first win over a nationally ranked opponent in program history. Johnson now has four goals in her last three games.

Basileo recorded a shoutout against South Florida, which was ranked No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. South Florida entered the Sunday’s game outscoring opponents 27-5. However, the Bulls couldn’t beat Basileo as she recorded six saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season.

The Owls have the next 10 days off before they face the University of Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 11.

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