Three Keys To The Game
Kosi Nwafornso. The senior delivered his fifth goal of the season and the Bonnies only goal of the game.
Tyler Elliott. The senior goalie played in his first career game as a Bonnie after earning the start tonight. He transferred from SUNY Broome prior to 2017.
The Bonnies had plenty of opportunities. They outshot the Red Flash 14-11 and out-cornered the visitors by a 9-5 tally.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - In Sunday's home match against Niagara, a Kosi Nwafornso penalty kick goal in the second half was the only goal the Bonnies needed in a 1-0 shutout victory. Wednesday night at the Marra Athletics Complex, another Nwafornso penalty kick score wasn't enough as the Bonnies fell to St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1.
After a scoreless and relatively even first half— the Bonnies outshot the Red Flash 7-5, but were out-cornered 4-3 —things picked up in the second half when Nicholas Mazzola lobbed a beautiful downfield pass to Isaac Boamah in the open field. Boamah sped by the defender, and while trying to beat the Red Storm's keeper, crashed into him and earned the Bonnies a penalty kick.
Nwafornso, for the second game in two games and third time this season, lined up to take it in a clutch spot, and delivered for his fifth goal of the season. With that, he continued his stretch of being involved in every single Bonnies goal thus far on the year. The senior has scored five of the team's six on the season, and assisted on Fredrik Hansen's goal against Hartford.
But the Bonnies 1-0 lead didn't have much time to sink in before it was gone.
Just 56 seconds later, the Red Flash tied it up with a goal from Eric Ganime, his first of the season, off the assist from Brandon Ott, who also delivered his first points of the season.
That goal officially ended the Bonnies impressive streak of holding opponents off the scoreboard at 454 minutes. Bona entered the night allowing just two goals, both in the season opener against No. 6 Louisville, and posted four straight shutouts in their following games.
The Red Flash added another score just three minutes later when Gabriel Castro found the back of the net off a an assist from Mario Mastrangelo. It was Castro's second goal of the season, and for Mastrangelo, his team leading ninth point.
The goal also gave the Bonnies their first deficit since the season-opener. Prior to this game, the Bonnies had only trained for 22 minutes all year.
With 34 minutes remaining, St. Bonaventure had chances to even things up, but fell just short following attacks by Boamah and another shot attempt from Isaiah Wilson.
In the 74th minute, Mazzola delivered another great ball off a penalty kick that just grazed over the head of Wilson.
Then, just minutes later, a corner kick knocked off the head of Wilson found the foot of Nikko Richards who had his shot denied by the St. Francis keeper. Then, Kwame Opoku had a chance for a rebound goal but shot it just high.
The Red Storm put the game away in the final minute on a goal from Ryan Berhorst on an empty net.
The Bonnies will look to avenge their first loss since Aug. 24 when they hit the road to take on Canisus this Saturday. The Golden Griffs are 1-3-1, but have faced No. 5 Michigan State and were picked to win the MAAC in the leagues preseason poll after finishing last year 12-4-4.
- by Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant
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