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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – It was a breakthrough day for the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team – Bella May and Danielle Vis each tallied their first goals of the season and the Bonnies cracked into the win column with a 2-0 blanking of visiting Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Complex.
In an entertaining and sometimes chippy match, the Bonnies and Rams were equally matched for most of the day.
During the early going, both teams alternated on the attack with strong chances to get on the board first. It would be the Bonnies who struck during the opening minutes, however.
At midfield, Sydney Cerza won a 50/50 ball, pushing a pass ahead to May who worked her way behind three Rhode Island defenders. From there, the sophomore had a one-on-one with the Rams keeper, launching a shot from the very top of the 18-yard box past the diving goalkeeper Haley Brennan into the base of the net for the 1-0 lead at the 10:19 mark of the contest.
St. Bonaventure had multiple opportunities to grow its lead – in the 21st minute, a volley in the box from Vis to May led to a one-touch shot by Marley Jarvis just high of the net. Early in the second half, Jessica Scruggs fought out wide of the net, placing a shot on goal that was turned away.
In the 61st minute, the Bonnies nearly struck on a set piece following a corner kick by May who went far post to Sabrina Sousa-Sampson. Sousa-Sampson then delivered a header, seeking the upper-90 that went just wide.
The Bonnies found the insurance they were seeking with just under five minutes to play. Sydney Cassagnol sent in a cross to Vis from 30 yards out, allowing the senior to deliver a strike from 15 yards to the far post, left of the keeper and a 2-0 lead.
Rhode Island had several opportunities, but all were denied by Bonnies keeper Lauren Malcolm who made five saves on the afternoon to record her second consecutive shutout and third of the season.
With the win, the Bonnies improve to 1-3-2 in Atlantic 10 play while Rhode Island falls to 0-6 in league competition.
The Bonnies held an 11-10 edge in total shots. Both teams earned three corner kicks apiece and each placed five shots on goal.
Next up for SBU is a home match with La Salle Thursday night with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.
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