Three Keys To The Game
- Niagara missed a penalty kick wide in the 24th minute to keep the game scoreless.
- Kosi Nwafornso scored in the 83rd minute to give the Bonnies a 1-0 lead and would be the game-winning goal.
- The Bonnies have not allowed a goal in the last 401 minutes played.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Two shots on net was all the Bonnies needed to win after a late goal in the 83rd minute that moved the Bonnies to 3-1-1.
In the 83rd minute, senior Kosi Nwafornso, was awarded a penalty kick and buried it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season after Shea Currey sent in a through ball to the middle of the field that led to Nwafornso being fouled during his cross attempt and gave the Bonnies a 1-0 lead and eventually the game-winning goal.
In the 24th minute, Niagara's Luca Pacheco was awarded a penalty kick after a handball in the box. Pacheco's shot was fired wide and the game remained scoreless.
At the end of the first half, the Bonnies outshot the Purple Eagles 5-3 and recorded the only shot on net.
The Bonnies opened the second half with multiple chances to score off corner kicks with battles in front of the goalkeeper but were unable to find the back of the net.
In the 61st minute, freshman midfielder Isaac Boamah had an opportunity to score but hit the side of the net, keeping things scoreless.
Not long after in the 66th minute, the Bonnies appeared to score off a cross in front of the net, but was called back after an offsides call.
The Bonnies outshot the Purple Eagles 10-5 and Bonnies goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis did not have to record a single save to record a shutout as the Purple Eagles did not register a shot on net. Both teams recorded a combined 29 fouls and eight yellow cards during the game.
"In the second half we picked up our energy and starting creating chances," head coach Kwame Oduro said. "It was tough not getting a score earlier on, but we will take the win. Kosi really stepped up and hit the penalty kick. It's time to rest up and get ready for Wednesday."
The Bonnies next game is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 19 at home at Marra Athletics Complex against St. Francis (Pa.) at 6 p.m.
Here is tonight's starting XI against Niagara. pic.twitter.com/DANQjyQvc1— Bonnies Men's Soccer (@BonniesMSoccer) September 15, 2018
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