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Bonnies Battle To 1-1 Draw With Bucknell in Men's Soccer Home Opener

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Kieran Toland found the back of the net on a penalty kick with just over 20 seconds remaining in regulation as the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team registered a 1-1 draw with Bucknell Sunday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex.

St. Bonaventure (0-1-1) controlled the pace of play for much of the opening minutes, with newcomer Paul Afful creating several chances. It would be Bucknell (0-1-1), however, that would break through in the 31st minute.

Nick King put the Bison on the board after taking a pass from Dan Bank and depositing his shot to the lower right of the net past the diving keeper for a 1-0 tally.

That score would hold until the game's final minute.

After a mostly quiet second half – there were just seven shots combined for the two teams during the second stanza – the Bonnies finally found the equalizer as time ticked away. The Bison were called for a handball in the box and Toland was awarded a penalty kick. The junior from Scotland made the most of his opportunity, sticking his shot in the back of the net for the tie.

Bucknell had an opportunity late in the first overtime with an attacker breaking free in the box, but Bonnies defender Matthew Lane got a piece of the shot with a sliding effort and keeper Luke Iacobellis was able to make the save on the deflected shot.

Each side had a shot apiece during the second overtime, but neither squad could break through.

The Bonnies held a 14-13 edge in total shots on the day with both teams awarded four corner kicks apiece. Toland's three shots, two on net, led the Bonnies attack.

Iacobellis turned away six shots while Bucknell keeper Tyler Marchiano made four saves.

The Bonnies are back in action on Friday, Sept. 2 at Elon. 

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