ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Visiting UMass snuck past the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team, 2-1, on a cold and snowy Marra Athletics Fields Complex in Saturday night Atlantic 10 action.
The Bonnies controlled the opening minutes, creating multiple early chances. A shot in the third minute from David Shafer was saved and then shots from Breno Calegari and Remi Dujardin were wide and blocked respectively before the contest was 10 minutes old.
The momentum slowly shifted in favor of UMass (3-10-1, 2-1-0 Atlantic 10), though the Bonnies held the visitors off the scoreboard until late in the first period. Freshman goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis made a highlight reel save in the 26th minute, turning away Samuel Asamoah's attempt through traffic in front with a diving stab to keep things scoreless.
The Minutemen finally broke through four minutes shy of intermission when Kevin Boino deposited a goal for a 1-0 lead that lasted into halftime.
The sides exchanged attacks early in the second half with Kyle Kleckner placing a header wide of the net for the Bonnies and Will Ellis firing off the post for UMass.
UMass took advantage of a misplayed ball near midfield which allowed Boino and Mark Morris to breakaway 2-on-1 with Boino beating the keeper for a 2-0 advantage in the 60th minute.
St. Bonaventure cut the lead in half, though, in the 78th minute off the second goal of the season from freshman Kosi Nwafornso. Anthony Gaglianese floated a long pass into the center of the box where Remi Dujardin sent a header onto Nwafornso who finished by slipping a shot to the right of the keeper for a 2-1 score.
The Bonnies tried for the tie with a pair of late header efforts – first from Remi Dujardin in the 82nd minute that sailed wide. Then, with less than 30 seconds to play, Bonaventure Akinlosotu headed a shot wide as time expired.
"We played well and moved the ball well, but couldn't get the ball to bounce our way," Bonnies head coach Kwame Oduro said. "Our team is progressing each game. We just need to put together a complete performance."
The teams finished tied in shots at 13 apiece while Iacobellis and UMass keeper Jorge Becerra each made four saves. The Bonnies were awarded six corner kicks to five for UMass.
St. Bonaventure returns to action at George Washington on Wednesday.
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