ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Though the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team received a second half goal from senior Jimmy Barrios, visiting Davidson played the role of heartbreaker by pulling out a 2-1 victory in double overtime on Wednesday at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex.
Davidson broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 106th minute when a Bonnies foul set up a free kick for the Wildcats. Nathan Marder was able to push the ball to Cort Coxhead who fired his shot through a scrum of players in front to the lower right of the net for the game-winner.
The Bonnies (1-12-1, 0-3-0 Atlantic 10) created the first strong scoring chance of the afternoon just over four minutes in when Kyle Kleckner placed a header right on net from inside 10 yards, forcing Wildcats goalie Matt Pacifici to make an early save. St. Bonaventure threatened again in the 11th minute, when a well-placed cross found Kosi Nwafornso in front, but the freshman could not connect solidly and was turned away by Pacifici.
Davidson (4-6-3, 1-3-0) controlled much of the opening period from that point, and cashed in on the third goal of the year from Shane MacNamara on a rifled shot from the top of the box in the 17th minute. The Bonnies weathered the storm, however, keeping the deficit at just one into intermission.
The Brown and White outplayed the visitors during the second half, holding a 6-4 advantage in shots. Finally, the persistence of the Bonnies paid off with a beautiful move from Barrios that would result in his first goal of the year.
Barrios took a long service and then did the rest himself. After working into a one-on-one with the Davidson defense, Barrios juked his defender on the near wing and sent a rocket on net that bounced off the inside of the post and past the Wildcats keeper for the tie in the 77th minute.
Bonnies keeper Bobby Diaz made five saves in his 86-plus minutes of work, but left with just over three minutes remaining in regulation with an injury. Freshman Luke Iacobellis took over in net and made the save on Davidson's only shot on goal during the first overtime.
After an evenly played first overtime, Davidson applied pressure in the second extra period and then took advantage of the foul call to set up the game-winning sequence.
Pacifici made four saves to earn the victory in net for the Wildcats.
St. Bonaventure returns to action Saturday night at home vs. UMass at 7 p.m.
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