PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Jacob Dyck scored the game-winner in the 110th minute to propel the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory in double overtime over La Salle Saturday night, keeping the Bonnies' postseason hopes alive.
Entering the night, the Bonnies and Explorers were part of a three-way tie for the final spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament along with Saint Louis. With Saturday's win, the Bonnies score three crucial points in conference play and improve to 7-8-2 on the year and 3-4 in A-10 action while La Salle falls to 7-9-1, 2-5.
The win is the third consecutive triumph for the Bonnies in conference play, all by one goal, as the team continues to bounce back from an 0-4 start to A-10 competition. It also marks the fourth overtime win of the year for Bona, which improves to 4-1-2 in extra time this season.
On the game-winning sequence, Dyck found himself on the left side of the box from a pass sent in by Kosi Nwafornso. The Bonnies sophomore then buried the shot in the bottom-right corner of the net to give the Bonnies the win. It was his second career game-winning goal and his first score of the season.
The Bonnies got on the board first after a throw in from Kyle Kleckner skipped off of Kieran Toland's head, falling to Nicola Bonso who headed it home to give the Brown and White a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute. It was Bonso's second goal of the season.
The Explorers would even the score at 1-1 in the 87th minute, however, with a goal from Joe Las Hansen that would ultimately force overtime.
Earlier in the game Dyck had three chances in front of net in the eighth minute. His first two shots were saved by goalkeeper Mark Tobin and the third was blocked by a La Salle defender.
The Bonnies would have another chance to score in the 65th minute when Toland sent in a ball from a corner kick. The ball found the head of Kleckner, who put the shot just over the bar.
Dyck led the Bonnies with four shots on the night and goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis made seven saves in net.
With the win, the Bonnies keep their Atlantic 10 Tournament hopes alive going into Wednesday's season finale. Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure remain tied in the standings after the Billikens' 2-1 win over Fordham Saturday night.
St. Bonaventure returns home for regular season finale on Wednesday night when VCU comes to the Marra Athletic Complex. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
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