Crusaders News
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 - [Women's Soccer]
Temple finish out the month of September with a number of highs and lows, which allowed the team to grow together as a group and reach new heights as a program.

The Huntington match was an exciting contest tainted by three red cards handed out after the final whistle. Coach Liburd described the game as "One that got away", after dominating the first half and creating a number of chances, while seeing goalkeeper Kenetra Gonzalez not have one save to make, the score was level at 0-0. In the second half, the game took a turn for the worse, seeing the visitors show great resilience to capitalize on two chances wining the game 2-0. The game was marred by the sending of Carly Hill for violent conduct and a visiting player and coach also receiving red cards.


Next up without suspended Carly Hill, serving the first of a three game suspension  Temple faced their return match with the visiting Wesleyan College. A frustrating contest ending in a 0-0 stalemate, after seeing Temple out shoot the visitors 24-3, forcing 10 saves from the visiting keeper. On a positive note this was the Lady crusaders first shut out in the programs history.


The next day the crusaders hosted Lagrange, for their third game in four days. A very exciting match up, witnessed two evenly matched teams battle for ninety minutes. Kenetra Gonzalez earned her second clean sheet on the season after making ten saves on the day. The new defensive partnership of senior, Alesha Mitchel and freshman, Megan Webster showed it's value as well. The deadlock was broken late in the second half, when a ball was held up by freshman, striker Jes Salara. This gave junior, captain Rebbecca Appelt time to add support and earn a free kick on the edge of the box. Freshman Diana Martinez converted the free kick, giving TTU the victory and scoring her 5th goal of the season. Coach Liburd said after the game "This was a great win for the ladies as Lagrange battled through to the last minute and it helped us learn more about ourselves and our capabilities".


Emmanuel College proved too much for the traveling crusaders as even though there were great passages of play, EC wore down temple and ran out as 7-0 winners.


On the next day a full strength team traveled to Johnson Bible College to face what could've been a tricky return match up. Freshman Jes Salara opened the scoring with a great individual move to drive the ball past the keeper. The game was decided late in the second half when Martinez continued her great run by creating space and scoring to put the game beyond reach at 2-0, seeing the return of Carly Hill in for the injured freshman standout Megan Webster to help Gonzalez earn her third shut out of the year. As a tribute to the development of the program this is the team's fourth win, giving them more wins than any season in the programs short history.


Travecca Nazrene University was the next visitor for the lady Crusaders. TNU came in with a great level of focus scoring 4 goals on ether side of the break. The slick passing and great movement off the ball proved to be too much for the young crusaders.


The crusaders face Kentucky Christian on the road in their next contest on October the 1st.

Wednesday, Dec 29
Women's Basketball
Tennessee Temple at 7:00pm
Gardner Webb EST