Philadelphia, Pa. – The ECU women’s soccer team lost its first American Athletic Conference road match of the season, 1-0, to Temple at the Temple Sports Complex Thursday night. The loss marks the first time the Pirates have lost three-straight matches since Oct. 6-12, 2016 when ECU lost a trio of AAC contests to Memphis, Tulsa and SMU.
ECU edged Temple 6-2 in shots but the two battled through a scoreless first half. In the 50th minute Elana Falcone scored her third goal of the season with a shot at the top of the box into the top left corner of the goal giving the Owls the advantage early in the second frame.
The Pirates had a handful of chances including a shot by Chentay Warnes that forced Temple’s goalkeeper Morgan Basileo to react quickly making a pivotal save in the 74th minute. Temple countered the attack seconds later when Kerri McGinley went one-on-one with Michelle Newhouse. A diving save by Newhouse kept the Owls lead to one goal.
ECU (5-5-2, 0-3 ACC), Temple (5-4-1, 1-0 AAC)
49:54: Temple Goal – Elana Falcone (Kayla Cunningham) [Temple 1, ECU 0]
“This was a tough loss,” head coach Rob Donnenwirth said. “We lost two more starters in the first half and needed to move players around. We created some chances but didn’t convert.”
News and Notes
- Temple picks up its first win over ECU in program history. The Pirates lead the all-time series 2-1-1
- Thursday’s loss marks the first time ECU has three-straight matches since Oct. 6-12, 2016
- ECU outshot Temple 10-7 and edged the Owls 6-4 in shots on goal
- Thursday’s loss marks the first time ECU has been shutout in back-to-back matches since Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, 2016 in a 2-0 loss and 5-0 loss to Cincinnati and Memphis, respectively
ECU continues its first road swing of AAC play on Sunday when the Pirates travel to Storrs, Conn., to face defending league champion Connecticut. Kickoff versus the Huskies is slated for 1 p.m.