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Temple score an upset over 10th-ranked Syracuse with late winner



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Brian Green’s first season as head coach at Temple has been a challenging one, but the first-year head coach of the Owls already has a signature win under his belt after a thrilling 2-1 win over defending national champions Syracuse on Tuesday night.

Rocco Haeufgloeckner scored in the 89th minute goal secure the upset over No. 10 Syracuse 2-1. The win was the Owls’ first over a ranked team in three seasons.

The win is their second straight after starting out the season with 5 losses and 3 draws.

Lleyton Imparato opened the scoring for the visitors in the 36th minute but the Orange tied things up in the 86th minute. In the end the equalizer was a setup for an even more dramatic winner for the Owls, which beat a ranked opponent for the first time since a 4-1 win over No. 23 Tulsa in April 2021. Temple also beat No. 2 SMU during the 2021 regular season.

The winner was the first of Hauefgloeckner’s collegiate career.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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