Women’s College Soccer
Rider University 1, Temple University 0
AMBLER, PA—There is a traditional image of owls being the symbol of wisdom. The 4-1 Temple Owl women’s soccer team seemed to be more of a symbol of brawn over brains, with a physical style of play.
The young Rider University women’s soccer team defeated a more physical Temple University squad Sunday afternoon for the first win on the road of the season. “A great win,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome. “Just the way we have to battle. They were more physical than us. They dumped the ball in and played more direct and those are traditionally the teams we struggle with.”
Freshman Michelle Iacono (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) took a pass from freshman Priscilla Santos (Glendora, Calif./Glendora) and scored with her left foot to give Rider a 1-0 lead 6:32 into the second half.
“Michelle scored a great goal,” Hounsome said of his freshman, who earned First Team All-NY State honors as the All-Class AA Player of the Year in 2012. “Priscilla played the ball to Michelle 35 to 40 yards from the goal and her (Iacono’s) change of pace allowed her to get around the defender and she used her left foot. The keeper had no chance. Once we got the goal we then made it really tough for them.”
Rider freshmen goalkeepers Vanessa Perdomo (Hillsborough, NJ/South Brunswick) and Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) combined for the first shutout of the season. Perdomo made four saves in the first half and Howard made three in the second half, including one on a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining.
“Bethany came up with a massive save on the penalty, a first-class save,” Hounsome said. “That was huge for us. Both keepers played well. Vanessa did a good job in the first half.”
On paper, it appeared that Temple (4-2) dominated play, out-shooting Rider (3-2) 26-8, including 7-3 in shots on goal. “Those stats are bogus,” Hounsome said. “They were dumping the ball in and shooting from 35 yards. The first 25 minutes of the game we were the better team. We possessed well, we moved the ball well. We had a couple of chances.”
Rider defeated Temple 5-0 in Lawrenceville in 2011 and the two teams did not meet last year. In the only other meeting Rider defeated Temple 5-1 in 2004.
“We started each half with six freshmen on the field but found a way to dig deep and win against a more physical, larger team,” said Hounsome.
Wisdom involves an understanding of people, things, events and situations, and the willingness and the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with an understanding of what is the right course of actions.
The young Broncs proved that, as Gandhi said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
The Broncs travel to NJIT next Sunday.