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Temple stay unbeaten at home; La Salle edge St. Joseph’s and Villanova falls on the road

Jorge Gomez Sanchez scored in overtime to lead the Owls

Matt Ralph

Temple’s inaugural season at the new Temple Sports Complex ended on a high note Saturday night with a golden goal by Jorge Gomez Sanchez to beat UCF.

The goal, which came off a cross from Jordan Wix-Rauch in the 94th minute was the 14th of the season for Gomez Sanchez and the 27th in his two-year career with the Owls.

Goalkeeper Alex Cagle had to make only one save in the match to pick up the win.

The Owls improved to 10-5-2 and 2-2-2 in conference with the win, giving head coach David MacWilliams his seventh 10-win season and fourth in the past five seasons.

Temple finishes their regular season on the road at first place South Florida, which has already clinched the American Athletic regular season title, on Saturday. They need to win and get help to advance to the conference tournament.

Villanova lose, but clinch postseason berth

Villanova had their four-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 3-2 loss on the road to Georgetown on Saturday, but still managed to book themselves a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2012.

Padraic McCullaugh put the Wildcats up with a goal in the 28th minute but Georgetown responded with three unanswered goals from Dylan Nealis, Zach Knudson, and Jon Azzinnari to take the lead.

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Conor Bradley pulled one back in the 81st minute with his first career goal but the Wildcats were unable to find a late equalizer.

La Salle clinch postseason berth with comeback win over St. Joseph’s

The Explorers overcame a two-goal deficit to beat local rivals St. Joseph’s 3-2 on Saturday and book a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The Hawks (6-10-1, 4-4-0) had a great start to the match with goals in the eighth minute from Sam Irvin and in the 11th minute from Derek Mackinnon (Washington Township, N.J.).

But La Salle tied it up before halftime with goals from Colman Kennedy in the 23rd minute and Matt Robinson (Lansdale, Pa.) in the 41st before Sixtus Akinlosotu found his second game of the winner in the 87th minute.

Penn and Princeton win Ivy League matches

Freshman Dami Omitaomu scored twice, including a golden goal in the 97th minute to lead past Brown in a 2-1 overtime win for the Quakers (5-5-5, 3-2-0).

Senior forward Alec Neumann was credited with assists on both goals as the Quakers beat the Bears for the first time since 2010. The win was the third for Penn in the Ivy League this season, which they haven’t done since 2013.

Greg Seifert scored twice in the second half to lift Princeton to their first Ivy League win of the season over Cornell.

The Tigers evened their overall record at 7-7-1 with the victory and improved to 1-3-1 in conference play.

Lehigh comes from behind to top Bucknell; Lafayette fall in overtime

Mark Forrest (Douglassville, Pa.) scored twice to lead the Mountain Hawks to a comeback 2-1 win over Bucknell on Saturday.

Bucknell took the lead in the ninth minute on a Sebastiaan Blickman goal but Forrest responded with an equalizer in the 20th minute and scored his seventh of the season for the game-winning goal in the 84th minute.

Goalkeeper Will Smith (Devon, Pa.) made one save in the winning effort, which improved the Mountain Hawks season record to 7-9-1 and conference mark to 3-5-0.

Lafayette (7-8-2) fell in overtime to Navy 3-2.

Evan Vare (Jamison, Pa.) put Lafayette in the lead with his seventh of the season in the 65th minute but Navy tied the game with a goal from Ben Nicholas in the 74th minute and Daniel Zaremba won the game in the 95th minute.

Drexel and Delaware fall in Colonial Athletic Association play

Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach (Harleysville, Pa.) made 10 saves but the one shot he couldn’t stop off the foot of Antonio Bustamante handed Drexel their 13th loss of the season.

The Dragons (1-13-2, 0-7-0) close their season on the road at College of Charleston on Tuesday night.

A 10th minute goal from Julio Moncada led UNC Wilmington to a 1-0 win over Delaware, which managed only two shots for the match and none on target.

Despite the loss, the Blue Hens (10-7-1, 5-3-0) clinched the second seed in the CAA tournament, which begins Friday, November 11, in Hempstead, New York.