BUFFALO, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team fell at Buffalo, 2-1, on Wednesday night.
Kieran Toland scored the lone Bona goal for his second of the season.
UB pressed early. 11 minutes into the game, they lined up for a corner kick and found an opportunity in front of the net. The strike went to toward the right post, opposite to where keeper Alex Olday was playing. But, Anthony Gaglianese was there to send the shot out, using his head to clear the threat.
At the 20 minute mark, Olday made a leaping save to deflect a Buffalo strike from the right side to preserve the scoreless tie.
However, UB broke the tie at the 24:01 mark as Russell Cicerone knocked in a free kick following a Bona foul.
The Bonnies then went on the attack, and received their best chance to tie the score in the first half. At the 25:51 mark, Kosi Nwafornso drove down the left side of the field, and cut toward the net. With space in the box, he fired a shot that went just high of the cross bar.
St. Bona held off a late-first half Bulls attack that included two shots and a corner kick in the final five minutes of the half to preserve the 1-0 score.
But, right out of the gate, the Bulls doubled their lead as Ryan Pereira finished a cross from Cicerone 55 seconds into the second half.
But once again, like after the first UB goal, the Bonnies went on the attack.
At the 54:21 mark, Jacob Dyck had a chance 10 yards in front of the net, but fired just wide.
St. Bonavenutre continued to press, and Dyck helped create some Bona offense once again. At the 57:57 mark, he won the ball on a tackle from behind in the Bulls zone. Kieran Toland then gained possession, and fired a shot from about 25 yards out that beat the outstretched UB keeper, bringing the score to 2-1.
The Bonnies continued to put pressure on the UB defense for the remainder of the game, but failed to find the back of the net.
In the second half, the Brown and White outshot the Bulls, 10-9, after rifling just five shots in the first half. St. Bonaventure also forced UB to defend six total corner kicks in the second half, while SBU saw just two UB corners in the half.
Of SBU's 15 total shots, Paul Afful led the way with four total, while Dyck chipped in three and Toland and Nwafornso contributed two apiece.
With tonight's game against Buffalo completed, the Bonnies have faced all three of their Big 4 opponents. SBU received a win in Big 4 action against Niagara on Sept. 18.
St. Bonaventure returns home on Saturday, Sept. 24 as it takes on Marist at the Marra Athletics Complex. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m., and will be immediately preceded by a SBU women's soccer game at 2:00 p.m.
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