KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A late push from the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team led by the first career goal from freshman Kosi Nwafornso ran out of time in a 2-1 setback vs. Detroit in the final game of the Radisson Invitiational at Western Michigan University on Sunday afternoon.
A pair of second half goals put Detroit (2-2-2) on top after a scoreless first half. Nwafornso gave the Bonnies life in the 76th minute, though, by beating two Titans defenders in front to cut the Detroit lead in half.
Detroit tried for some insurance in the 83rd minute, but Bonnies keeper Bobby Diaz delivered a tremendous save by making the stop following a breakaway by the Titans.
The Bonnies (1-5-0) mounted an opportunity for the tie one minute later despite a red card in the 67th minute, but a shot by Mitch Skrabacz was denied by Detroit keeper Robbie Beckwell to end the threat.
After an even first half, the Bonnies threatened to open the scoring when Nwafornso fired a rocket on net just five seconds before the buzzer that was turned away by Beckwell to keep things scoreless into intermission.
Following halftime, Diaz made another fine save off a deflection in front during the 51st minute to keep the teams in a scoreless deadlock.
Detroit took control of the match by scoring twice in just over three minutes midway into the second half.
The Titans finally broke through in the 67th minute when Jason Leslie tapped in a goal off a free kick by Spiro Pliakos for the 1-0 lead. Detroit then extended its advantage in the 70th minute when Pliakos placed a shot to the left of the keeper from the top of the box for a 2-0 score.
Diaz made six saves in net for St. Bonaventure.
Inside the Box Score:
- Nwafornso placed both of his shot attempts Sunday on net. His career high in shots is three against Hartwick in the second match of the season.
- Diaz has made six or more saves in four of the five matches he has seen time in this year.
- Isaiah Wilson was issued a red card in the 67th minute.
"Our team worked really hard and if it wasn't for the red card we may have been able to come back," Bonnies head coach Kwame Oduro said. "It was great to see how hard we fought even down a man. Detroit is a very tough team and this is a performance we can build off of."
Next up: The Bonnies return to action Friday at rival Niagara.