MEN’S SOCCER DROPS SEASON OPENER AT TEMPLE
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Temple freshman Olli Tynkkynen scored twice in the first half and Owl senior Chas Wilson tacked on an insurance goal in the second half as Temple recorded a 3-0 win over Sacramento State on a rainy Sunday in Philadelphia.
Despite the temperature being in the 90s the game had intermittent rain and lightning, at one point causing a 30 minute halt of play coming out of halftime. Playing in the state of Pennsylvania for the first time in program history, Sacramento State dropped its season opener while Temple improved to 1-1-0.
In his first collegiate start Hornet redshirt freshman goalkeeper James Del Curto made seven saves, with five stops coming in the first half. Temple held a 17-3 shot advantage for the game and placed 10 shots on goal while the Hornets failed to put a try on net and Temple goalkeeper Dan Scheck earned a shutout without making a save.
Del Curto was strong early, making four stops to keep the game scoreless into the 15th minute. After being denied by Del Curto on a shot attempt deflected beyond the end line, Temple junior Jared Martinelli sent a corner kick that deflected off several bodies before coming to Tynkkynen, who fired into the top corner from 15 feet out.
In the 29th minute Tynkkynen scored again, putting home a cross into the box from teammate Matt Mahoney. After the second goal the Hornets held the Owls without a shot on goal over the next 26 minutes but couldn't get much offense going themselves. Temple would then add a third score in the 79th minute on a corner kick by Martinelli that was headed to Wilson before he finished a deflection into the goal.
After being outshot 10-1 in the first half the Hornets were outshot just 7-2 in the second half. Senior Chimdum Mez, sophomore Preston Davis, and freshman Cylus Sandoval accounted for the three Hornet shots in the contest.
Sacramento State returns home for a program-record long seven game home stand over the next four weeks. Next week the team hosts San Diego on Friday and Loyola Marymount on Sunday, with both matches concluding home double headers with the Hornet women's soccer team.