Nwafornso's Late Goal Leads Bonnies To 1-0 Win At (RV) Albany

Nwafornso's Late Goal Leads Bonnies To 1-0 Win At (RV) Albany

Three Keys To The Game

  • Kosi Nwafornso netted the game-winning goal in the 85th minute with a chip over the goalkeeper's head.  
  • In the 89th minute, Luke Iacobellis made a clutch save to preserve the win and the shutout.
  • Monday marks the second consecutive season the Bonnies have beaten Albany when the Great Danes were receiving votes in the national Top 25 poll.

ALBANY – Kosi Nwafornso's goal in the 85th minute and Luke Iacobellis' third shutout of the season helped the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Albany on Monday night.

The win is the Bonnies' second consecutive victory and improves their record to 2-1-1. It also gives the Brown and White a huge early season resume builder as Albany (2-2-0) entered the night receiving votes in the national Top 25 coaches' poll.

A slow first half from both teams left the game scoreless entering the locker room at halftime.

The Bonnies kept the pressure on and would break through the Great Dane defense with only five minutes left in regulation time.

Shea Currey found the foot of Kosi Nwafornso in the box and Nwafornso chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head to break the deadlock with what would be the game-winning goal. It was Nwafornso's team-leading third goal of the season and for Currey it was his first career assist.

Iacobellis kept the Albany offense at bay through the whole game, finishing with two saves to register his third shutout in four games. Iacobellis' biggest stop of the night came in the 89th minute when an Albany attacker got his head to the ball off a corner kick, but Iacobellis was able to end the threat and seal the victory.

Nwafornso totaled three shots on the night and newcomer Isaac Boamah tallied two shots with one on net.

Monday's outcome continued the Bonnies' recent impressive showings against competition in the national scene. St. Bonaventure started out the year by taking No. 6 Louisville to the wire in a 2-1 setback last month on the road and finished last year's regular season by scoring a win over then-No. 22 VCU. 

The final stats mirrored the score. Albany, the defending America East champs who knocked off Maryland in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament, held a narrow 8-7 edge in shots while the Bonnies placed three shots on net to Albany's two. 

The Bonnies are off until Saturday, Sept. 15 when they welcome Little Three rival Niagara to the Marra Athletics Complex. That game is slated to start at 7:00 p.m.

- By Dylan Nuzzo, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

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