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@BonniesMSoccer Falls Short in Home Opener Against Canisius

@BonniesMSoccer Falls Short in Home Opener Against Canisius

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - A strong second half for the Canisius Golden Griffins resulted in a 2-0 victory for the visitors in the St. Bonaventure men's soccer home opener at the Marra Athletics Complex Friday night.

Despite being shutout, the Bonnies were very active offensively, putting up 10 shots and earned five corners to Canisius' four. Bonnies keeper Luke Iacobellis saved seven shots from the Golden Griffins.

The Bonnies nearly grabbed a quick lead with an attempted header that sailed just past the post by Nicola Bonso following a corner kick by Remi Dujardin in the ninth minute. St. Bonaventure threatened once again late in the first half with a free kick by Paul Afful that coasted just right of the net.

Afful, who led St. Bonaventure with six shots, once again came close for the Bonnies early in the second half, with a blocked shot and save by Marco Trivellato in the 51st minute. Five minutes later, however, Canisius finally broke the tie as Alex Grattarola found the back of the net off a corner kick by Bjarki Benediktsson.

The Golden Griffins continued to test Iacobellis in net and despite making a brilliant, driving save by punching away a shot from Evan Walsh in traffic, Fillipo Tamburini scored the clinching blow for Canisius in the 70th minute on his second shot of the night to make it 2-0. Tamburini was assisted in the effort by Benediktsson and Grattarola.

The defeat by Canisius sends St. Bonaventure to 2-2-1, while the Golden Griffins improve to 3-1 on the year. The Bonnies have a quick turnaround as they host defending America East champion Albany on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex.

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