ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A well-executed corner kick leading to a goal in the 12th minute proved to be the difference as Saint Louis snuck past the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team on Senior Day, 1-0, at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex.
"We worked hard today and stayed very organized," Bonnies head coach Kwame Oduro said. "One lapse on a corner kick made the difference."
The Billikens (8-5-2, 4-1-2 Atlantic 10) set up what would be the game-winning play early in the first half. After being awarded a corner kick, Saint Louis' Joe Saad sent a ball in front where he found Vince Cicciarelli who blasted a header into the upper left of the net over the outstretched arms of the Bonnies keeper for the 1-0 edge.
From there the Bonnies again held their own with a top Atlantic 10 foe. St. Bonaventure defeated second-place George Washington on the road last week and remained one play away from tying fourth-place and perennial A-10 contender Saint Louis throughout Saturday's contest.
Barrios created a chance during the 43rd minute, stealing the ball away from a Saint Louis defender and made a run on the left wing resulting in a shot that sailed wide.
In the second half, Diaz made multiple impressive saves to keep the score at 1-0. In the 48th minute, Saad broke through the defense and took aim on Diaz who went to his knees for the stop. Four minutes later, Ciccarelli got through on a breakaway, but Diaz again turned away the shot.
Diaz made five saves for the Bonnies.
"I want to thank all the seniors for their hard work and dedication to this program," Oduro said. "I am honored to have been a part of their careers."
St. Bonaventure (2-15-1, 1-6-0) completes its season next Saturday at Saint Joseph's.
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