Penalty Kick Sends YSU Past Bonnies, 1-0

Penalty Kick Sends YSU Past Bonnies, 1-0

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A penalty kick opportunity led to the only goal of the afternoon Monday as host Youngstown State held on for a 1-0 victory over the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team at Farmers National Bank Field.

After the two teams fought to a scoreless draw during the opening half of play, then sat through a nearly hour-long lightning delay, the Penguins took charge out of the locker room.

Just over three minutes into the second half, Kyler Lum was set up with a penalty kick opportunity following a Bonaventure foul in the penalty box. The senior All-Horizon League selection converted, giving the hosts the lead. 

That would be enough for the Penguins, who improved to 1-1 on the young season.

St. Bonaventure (0-2) controlled the pace of play for much of the first half, though neither team could create much of a strong threat. At halftime, neither side had mustered a shot on goal.

Bella Marra fired a shot just wide in the 10th minute after shooting for the upper 90. Seven minutes later, Marra and Danielle Vis combined on a give-and-go with Vis ripping a shot high from inside the box.

The best opportunity for the Bonnies came in the 41st minute when Maddie Mason delivered a one-touch rocket through traffic in the box, but it flew just wide.

Lauren Malcolm made four saves for St. Bonaventure, including two stellar stops in the minutes following Lum's penalty kick score. 

Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to Little Three rival Niagara on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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