Radford Scores Early And Often, Defeats Men’s Soccer
HIGH POINT, N.C – Radford University (2-2) scored in the 4th and 8th minutes en route to a 5-1 win over the men's soccer team (2-3) Friday afternoon as part of the Flash Gordon Motors Invitational hosted by High Point University.
Brian Gwanzura got the Highlanders on the board first off an assist from Chel Ho Kim Park. Kim Park then added his second helper of the day just minutes later, this time sending a feed to Iyiola Awosika as the freshman beat Bona keeper Mitchell Mack.
Radford added another tally in the 39th minute to push its cushion to three goals, and once again Kim Park was involved. The midfielder was credited with his third assist of the game after he sent a ball to Carter Mills who used his head to redirect the ball into the back of the net from about 10 yards out.
The Highlanders then put the game out of reach right before the half in the 44th minute as Ryan Stinnett finished an unassisted tally off a loose ball in front of the Bona net for his first goal of the season.
The Bonnies got on the board in the second half in the 60th minute as James Reed finished his team-leading second goal of the year. Sophomore Emmett delivered a low cross into a sliding Reed, who pushed the ball just inside the left post.
The Highlanders answered back in the 80th minute on a Rad Lauretano finish. Lauretano headed in a cross from Anthony Payne just inside the right post.
"It was a very disappointing loss," head coach Mel Mahler said. "The first half was our worst defensive effort in this young season. It falls on me to do a better job of instructing. We all need to work harder in training, but more importantly we need a much better mental effort.
Anytime you give up five goals you start evaluating what you've been doing, and my evaluation tells me this is correctable. We played a great 35 minutes in the second half leading to our goal. We need to find a way to extend that to a full match. It's time to regroup and perform much better this Sunday."
The Bonnies return to action on Sunday against host High Point. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. against the Panthers.
Game Notes: Radford outshot the Bonnies, 13-11 … both goalkeepers made three saves … St. Bonaventure out-cornered the Highlanders, 9-3 … Radford committed 10 fouls while the Brown and White were whistled for three.