ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A second half explosion from visiting Buffalo gave the Bulls the Big 4 Shield for the next year with a 6-0 victory over the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team at the cold and rainy Marra Athletics Fields Complex on Saturday night.
The two teams played an even first half, though Buffalo had the best scoring opportunity of the first period. Following a free kick at the 14-minute mark, a Bulls attacker delivered a shot from point-blank range, but Bonnies keeper Bobby Diaz made the save. Another shot came flying on goal following the rebound, but Diaz again turned the shot away to keep the game scoreless.
After the Bulls (5-4-3) owned a 5-2 edge in shots during the first half, the visitors would control the second period. Buffalo got the scoring started when Russell Cicerone sent a corner kick into the box that was picked up by Steven Stryker and punched in for the goal just under two minutes into the half.
That set the tone for the Bulls, who scored again in the 51st minute when Cicerone found Braden Scales with a cross into the center of the box that allowed Scales to make a sliding stab past the keeper for a 2-0 edge.
Cicerone scored himself in the 56th minute with a header goal and then scored again on a penalty kick in the 65th minute. The Bulls later added goals in the 78th and 86th minutes.
Diaz made seven saves for St. Bonaventure (1-9-1).
With the win, the Bulls keep possession of the Big 4 Shield after a win over Canisius, last year's winner of the shield, and a tie of Niagara. Saturday's game marked the final Big 4 contest of the year, allowing the Bulls to keep the Shield until next fall.
St. Bonaventure opens Atlantic 10 play on Wednesday at VCU.
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