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Men's Soccer - Fri, Sep. 12, 2014

Tennessee Temple Men's Soccer picked up their first win of the season with a comfortable 5-1 home victory against Oakwood University.

After a delayed kick-off, the Crusaders started slowly and went down 0-1 after a speculative strike from outside the penalty box from Oakwood's Kiran Davie. However, Temple started to dominate possession and, after some patient build-up play, eventually equalized when junior midfielder Gerardo Mondragon capitalized with a smart finish from a cross. It took the Crusaders just a couple of minutes to capture the lead as Lewis Butcher slotted home from short range after some skilful, individual work.

The Crusaders continued to apply pressure to the Oakwood defence and managed to find a opening for the third time as Lionel Burgos latched onto a through ball – assisted by Mario Paiva - and finished clinically inside the box. Temple went into half time with a convincing 3-1 advantage.

As the second half began, Coach Ortiz' team instantly went on the search for more goals.  Substitute Dylan Watson made an instant impact when he came on around the hour mark, pressuring the defence into a clumsy own-goal. The Australian forward then added a goal of his own after a clever move from the Crusaders. Mario Paiva

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played a perfect through ball into the path of Jack Bowyer who had surged forward from left back. Bowyer delivered an inch perfect cross and Watson rose highest to head the ball home. Despite an array of late chances, the Crusaders were forced to settle for a resounding 5-1 victory.

The Men's Soccer team will now be looking forward to their next game, which takes place at NAIA ranked (16) Georgia Gwinnett College (Sep. 13th, 1:00PM). The Grizzlies have made an impressive start to the season and boast a 3-1 record.