Jorge Gomez Sanchez rifled home a late winner to lead Temple to their third straight win to start the season over Pitt on Friday in the renewal of a state derby that hasn’t been staged since 1979.
Freshman George McGee set up the 86th minute winner after stealing a ball down the right flank and sending a cross in deflected by a Pitt defender right to Gomez Sanchez, who wasted no time hitting a liner that beat the keeper at the far post.
Gomez Sanchez’s third of the season came 25 minutes after Temple defender Carlos Moros Gracia pounced on a rebound in the box to equalize. It was one of a couple chances the defender had after getting forward for set pieces in a game that saw the Owls outshoot their opponents 20-3.
Panther goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt had a big day with eight saves - including one key intervention early in the second half on a Gomez Sanchez breakaway - and got help on more than one occasion from the woodwork.
Roosevelt Angulo put Pitt up early when he beat a couple Owls defenders and got past Alex Cagle to tap the ball in on an empty net in the 12th minute. The goal was the first conceded by the Owls this season and the first scored by the visitors in their second match of the season.
Cagle didn’t have much to do the rest of the afternoon, making just one save in the 22nd minute.
Temple created chances almost at will the rest of the way - freshman Albert Moreno was particularly impressive with several of his runs up the middle of the park and Joonas Jokinen continued his fine start to the season with an assist. Panther defenders Stephane Pierre and York County native Bryce Cregan led a defense that was difficult to break down, leaving the Owls to scrap for both of their goals.
Temple finishes their four-game home stand on Sunday at noon against Philadelphia Union Academy grad Kevin Carvahlo and Northeastern.
Delaware notches third win of the season over Lehigh
Fifth-year midfielder Ben Sampson headed home a Carlos Perales corner kick just before halftime and West Chester native Todd Morton registered his third straight clean sheet to lead Delaware to a 1-0 win over Lehigh.
Lehigh goalkeeper Jacob Gottwald registered six saves and Union Academy alum Doyle Tuvesson had a pair of shots.
Villanova falls to Harvard
Freshman center back Nikkye DePoint headed home his first career goal off a Miguel Polley pass with seven minutes left but it wasn’t enough to overcome a two-goal deficit for the Wildcats against Harvard on Friday.
Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu and Matthew Glass scored on each side of halftime to lead the Crimson in their season opener.
Union Academy grad Zach Zandi made his season debut as a substitute and registered two shots while creating a number of chances for teammates.
La Salle and St. Joe’s lose
Rider knocked off their second straight Philadelphia Soccer Six opponent while handing La Salle their first loss of the season on Friday.
Senior midfielder Christian Flath, the hero in the Broncs overtime win over Villanova last week, collected a pair of assists in the match, setting up Arther Herpreck’s first collegiate goal in the first half and Lancaster native Aaron Robinson’s first career goal in the second.
The third goal came off a La Salle own goal.
Khesanio Hall’s double overtime goal handed St. Joe’s their second straight loss to start the season.
The senior forward who spent the summer of 2014 with Ocean City Nor’easters was a handful, firing off four shots that missed the target before burying his fifth attempt.
Hawks goalkeeper Greg O’Connell set a new career high with eight saves in the match, including a diving stop in the 81st minute and another key intervention early into the first overtime.
Penn draw American in season opener
Alec Neumann converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute to draw the Quakers level and earn them a draw with American in their season opener Friday night at Rhodes Field.
Sam Wancowicz put Penn up in the 37th minute when he finished a perfectly placed ball from co-captain Matt Poplawski.
American responded five minutes later when Danny Kaiser connected with Chris Fanet off a corner kick and took the lead in the 53rd minute with a Joel Hart goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Etan Mabourakh made eight saves to help the Quakers earn the hard fought point.