ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – On an unseasonably brisk Wednesday night at the Marra Athletic Fields Complex, the offenses remained similarly cold as the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team fought to a scoreless draw with visiting Binghamton.
The play remained as close as the score would indicate with each team having its chances while playing solid defense. In the early going, both sides created one great chance each during the opening 13 minutes.
It would be the Bonnies who would threaten first when Jimmy Barrios took a great ball from Kieran Toland 11 minutes into the contest. Barrios worked his way to a shot from 15 yards out, but it sailed high. Two minutes later, Binghamton responded when Zach Galluzzo fired from point-blank range, but Bonnies keeper Bobby Diaz was there to make the save.
Barrios created another chance in the 38th minute, juking a defender and working himself free before shooting just wide once more.
Binghamton (5-4-1) nearly took the lead just before halftime, but a shot by the Bearcats was waived off as it came just after time expired.
In the second half, St. Bonaventure's best opportunity again came from the work of Barrios and Nwafornso. The senior midfielder delivered a cross to Nwafornso and the freshman headed a shot from 10 yards out wide of the net.
Nwafornso gave the Bonnies (1-8-1) another chance early in the first overtime period, putting a shot on goal from the edge of the box on the far wing, but it was turned away by Bearcats goalie Robert Moewes.
Binghamton nearly struck in the waning moments. With just 40 seconds to play, Diaz made a game-saving play in net as Binghamton's Alex Varkatzas put a shot right on that the Bonnies' senior keeper was able to punch away by his fingertips with a leaping save. Galluzzo had one final chance for the Bearcats, but his shot sailed wide as time expired.
Diaz finished with four saves for the Bonnies in net, adding to his Atlantic 10-leading total.
The Bonnies return to action with the non-conference finale Saturday night at home vs. rival Buffalo.
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