Bonnies shutout by Fordham in regular season finale

ST. BONAVENUTRE, N.Y. - In a match that would decide the third place finisher in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team wrapped up regular season play on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to Fordham at McGraw-Jennings Field.

The Bonnies (10-10) will enter this week's A-10 Tournament as the fourth seed and will take on fifth-seeded Saint Louis in the opening round on Thursday, Nov. 5. It will mark the second consecutive season the two teams have met in the postseason. St. Bonaventure defeated the Billikens, 1-0, earlier this season.

Fordham finishes the regular season with the same 7-4 A-10 record as the Bonnies, but will be the third seed due to today's win. The Rams will take on sixth-seeded UMass in the other opening round game, while regular season champ Dayton and host Charlotte receive first round byes.

"It was disappointing result today, but I felt like the wear and tear of playing three games in five days caught up to us," said head coach Manoj Khettry. "I was pleased beyond belief at the kind of effort that everyone gave today. We created more than enough chances and I felt like had we not played three matches this week we would have done a better job at finishing those chances"

The Rams got on the board with just under two minutes remaining in the first half on a goal by Katherine Wah. With Bona keeper Nicole Markert coming out of net, Fordham's Megan Cookson found Wah wide open with an empty to make it 1-0.

The opening minutes of the second half saw the Bonnies apply consistent pressure, including a shot by sophomore Tori Burchett that rang off the crossbar.

With St. Bonaventure unable to find the back of the net, the Rams tacked on an insurance goal at the 54:16 mark when Leah Loguidice's shot from the top of the goal box found the right corner of the net for a 2-0 Fordham lead.

Junior Anna Cunningham hit the post later in the half, as the Bonnies produced several scoring opportunities that resulted in no goals. For the game, Fordham held a slight 11-10 shot advantage. Markert made five saves in the game, including a pair of sensation diving saves.

Seniors Katelyn Shelofsky and Sarah Wolcott were honored prior to the start of the game. The duo has played in a combined 143 games over their careers and made over 100 starts.

"Even though we didn't get the win for our seniors today, we have a chance to play for them on Thursday in the conference tournament," Khettry said.