Posted September 30, 2015

Beyond football: Fall sports roundup

Joseph V. Labolito
Temple's men's and women's soccer teams are off to great starts this fall.

Temple football has earned national headlines and more than a few national poll votes for their 3-0 start, but football isn’t the only Owls team to watch this fall. From soccer at Temple’s tree-lined Ambler Campus to the high-volume intensity of women’s volleyball at McGonigle on a Friday night, there’s no better time to enjoy Temple Athletics than autumn. Here’s a quick guide to the other fall sports.

Soccer
No Temple team is off to a hotter start this fall than men’s soccer, recently ranked No. 17 in the nation, the team’s highest rank since the 1980s. Women’s soccer is red-hot, too. They won eight of their first 10 games—one the best debuts in team history—and they boast the nation’s leading goal scorer, senior Kelly Farrell. You can catch both men’s and women’s soccer games at the Ambler Sports Complex, and there are plenty of home games left on their schedules, including three critical American Athletic Conference matches during Homecoming. Those who can’t make it to Ambler can watch home games on OwlsTV.

Volleyball
The Owls, who finished third in the American Athletic Conference last year, kicked off conference play last weekend by sweeping South Florida and Central Florida on the road. Back at home, McGonigle Hall will be filled with enthusiastic fans who know how to bring the noise. There are 10 women’s volleyball home matches left on the schedule, including a few themed Friday-night matches. Fans will don island gear for Hawaiian Night on Friday, Oct. 2, Temple’s home conference debut against Memphis; and go color-free for the raucous annual White Out game against defending conference champion Central Florida on Friday, Nov. 13.

Field Hockey
Temple field hockey has been nationally ranked in each of the last two seasons. Led by new head coach Marybeth Freeman, the Owls play in one of the nation’s toughest conferences, the Big East. Indeed, no Temple fall team plays a more brutal lineup of opponents. In the Owls’ annual Play 4 the Cure home game to support breast cancer research on Sunday, Oct. 4, Temple will take on No. 12 Liberty. Less than a week later, on Friday, Oct. 9, the Owls will host conference favorite Connecticut, the top-ranked team in the nation. Another one not to miss: Senior Day, honoring 10 Owls at their final home game, when Temple faces conference foe Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 23—a matchup that’s likely to play a role in Big East playoff seedings. Geasey Field, the team’s home base, is also a great place to spend a sunny fall afternoon.

- hjh