On the beautiful afternoon of October 23, 2015, the field hockey team celebrated Senior Day for the graduating seniors on the team. A large crowd of students gathered to watch the game against Georgetown.
The team has had a challenging schedule this 2015 season, but that has not deterred the athletes from working together and never giving up. The early challenges in the beginning of the season prepared them for later conference games.
Head Coach Marybeth Freeman has seen improvement in all of her players throughout the season, both on and off the field. Freeman said she genuinely cares for her players and the best part about coaching is seeing the young women grow as people.
Freeman said she looks for leadership in her players. This entails selflessness, confidence and ownership of actions. Freeman said she is most proud of her players when she sees them “putting a belief into action.”
Friends, family and fans closely watched the Senior Day game, anticipating a Temple win. Students stopped to see what was going on as they strolled down the surrounding sidewalks.
Temple positioned itself with an early lead in the first half of the game when senior Alyssa Delp scored a goal twelve minutes in. Temple was able to hold onto its lead for the rest of the first half.
Shortly into the second half, Georgetown tied it up with a goal of its own. Temple tried furiously to regain its lead throughout the second half. With only a few minutes remaining in the game, senior Erin VanHorn finally scored again for Temple, cementing the lead.
In a move of desperation, Georgetown removed its goalkeeper in an attempt to tie the game back up in the last minute. The plan was fruitless and Temple scored again into the empty net. Temple won with a final score of 3-1.
It proved to be a glorious day for the Owls but especially for the ten seniors on the team. They were able to reflect on their time at Temple and with the field hockey team with a nice win and a beautiful day to celebrate.
Written by Gary Nines
Photographed by Jademan Baker