Pels' Goal in OT Lifts No. 17 Field Hockey to a 2-1 Win over No. 18 Temple

Oct. 4, 2013

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Justine Sowry on the 2-1 OT win over No. 18 Temple

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Jennifer Pels' overtime goal lifted the No. 17 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over No. 18 Temple in a BIG EAST field hockey matchup that saw a 33 minute rain delay in the second half. The Cards extended their win streak to five games and improved to 9-2 (3-0 BIG EAST), matching their best start since the 2005 season.

The Cards opened the game on the attack, reeling off three shots off of four penalty corners in the first six minutes of the game, but the momentum began to even out as the teams traded shots for the majority of the first half. Temple broke through after 32 scoreless minutes when the Owls were awarded their fourth penalty corner of the half. Nicole Kroener inserted the ball and Mandi Shearer provided the stop for Molly Doyle who gave the Owls a 1-0 lead with 2:39 remaining in the half.

The teams entered halftime with Temple leading 1-0. Each team had eight shots, with the Cards holding a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were played mostly in the midfield with Temple drawing two quick corners, but coming up empty. The Cardinals were awarded their first corner of the half with 20 minutes remaining on the clock and made the most of the opportunity. Senior Erin Schneidtmiller got the corner started and junior Paige Monsen stopped the ball at the top of the circle and sent a pass to junior Elisa Garcia who fired a shot into the left side of the cage for her first goal of the season to even the score at 1-1.

A heavy downpour made the field conditions temporarily unplayable and forced a 33 minute rain delay with 5:02 left in regulation. When play resumed, both teams had chances to score. Shortly after the clock restarted, Temple's Katie Foran sprinted downfield and fired a shot, but Louisville sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King turned it back. The Cardinals were awarded a corner with under a minute remaining in regulation, but could not convert. In the second half, Louisville outshot Temple 5-2 and each team had three corners.

With the score knotted at 1-1, the teams entered a 15 minute 7 v 7 overtime period. Just 2:35 into the extra frame, Temple goalkeeper Lizzy Millen intercepted a Louisville cross and Pels collected the rebound in the middle of the circle and quickly fired a reverse stick shot into the cage for the game winner.

In the game, the Cardinals outshot the Owls 15-9 and held a 9-7 advantage in corners. King (9-2) had four saves while Millen had three stops for Temple.

Louisville (9-2, 3-0) will face Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. at Trager Stadium in the Cardinals' annual Pink Game to support breast cancer awareness. Admission is free.