WASHINGTON – Freshman Kosi Nwafornso scored a pair of goals to power the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team to a 2-1 Atlantic 10 victory at George Washington on Wednesday afternoon.
George Washington entered the day standing second in the Atlantic 10 standings, but it was the Bonnies who came out with the early momentum on Wednesday.
Senior Breno Calegari played the ball into the box and sophomore Kieran Toland headed across, allowing Nwafornso to finish with a shot over the head of the GW keeper for a 1-0 advantage in the 11th minute.
That score held through to intermission, but George Washington notched the equalizer in the 48th minute when Garrett Heine snuck a shot inside the far post for the tie.
Nwafornso found the back of the net again in the 61st minute, however, to put the Bonnies back in front. After Toland played a long ball over the top, the George Washington goalkeeper came out to make a play, but Nwafornso got by and deposited a shot into the back of an empty net for a 2-1 edge. It marked the fourth goal of the year for Nwafornso and his third in the past week.
George Washington (7-7-0, 3-2-0 A-10) mounted a final charge in the waning minutes, including earning four corner kicks in a two-minute span. The best opportunity for the hosts came in the 86th minute when Dylan Lightbourn placed a shot on net, but freshman keeper Luke Iacobellis made the save to preserve the lead.
"We finally put together a complete game and it resulted in a win," Bonnies head coach Kwame Oduro said. "As a team there was about 12 blocked shots and that tells you a bit about the pride we took in defending today."
Iacobellis made three saves to earn his first collegiate victory for the Bonnies (2-13-1, 1-4-0).
St. Bonaventure returns to action Saturday at Duquesne.
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