Men's Soccer Falls to Wright State, 3-2
St. Bonaventure men's soccer saw its opening week end in a disappointing loss as the Bonnies fell to Wright State, 3-2, in Thursday's home opener at McGraw-Jennings Field.
St. Bonaventure jumped out quick scoring first, but could not answer Wright State's three consecutive goals. The win opens the season for Wright State and St. Bonaventure falls to 0-2.
"It is a very disappointing loss. Wright state played very hard and I congratulate them on a good win on the road. I felt like we let it slip away," said head coach Mel Mahler. "I had hoped we'd be a little further along by now, while we've made progress, we still have a lot of work ahead of us."
The Bonnies got on the board early, jumping out in front in the tenth minute when Fabrizio Savarino converted a nice pass from Brett Allen from inside the box. St. Bonaventure kept the lead through the half.
The first of three consecutive goals came in the 55th minute when Braden Fleak headed a quick ball past the reach of goalkeeper David Flynn. The Raiders would come back quickly as Brad Bamberger converted a goal off a free kick to take the lead, 2-1.
The Raiders scored again when John Velinor's goal in the 70th minute on a missed touch by the Bonnies' defense, allowed for a quick shot to put the Raiders up 3-1.
St. Bonaventure gave the Raiders a scare with a goal from Allen in the 82nd minute. He hooked a wide right shot towards the net and on a bad touch by the Wright State defense, the ball slipped by the goalie Matt Koewler.
The Bonnies finished the game with seven shots and four corner kicks.
"Our challenge is to find a way to regroup and focus on the next match. I'm going to rely on our upperclassmen to lead the team in that direction," said Mahler.
St. Bonaventure continues a home-stand against Houghton at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at McGraw-Jennings Field.