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Bonso's Goal Propels Bonnies Over Dayton, 1-0, Wednesday Night

The Bonnies celebrate after their win over Dayton. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
The Bonnies celebrate after their win over Dayton. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

Three Keys to the Game

  • Sophomore Nicola Bonso scored his first goal of the season in the 38th minute.
  • Luke Iacobellis recorded his fifth shutout of the season with season-high seven saves.
  • The Bonnies have won six straight regular season Atlantic 10 games dating back to last season.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The first goal of the season from sophomore Nicola Bonso and seven saves from senior goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis were enough for the Bonnies to defeat the Dayton Flyers in a shutout 1-0 Wednesday night at Marra Athletics Complex.

The Bonnies move to 5-3-1 on the season and 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since 1997.

The Bonnies put the pressure on early in the second minute with a shot on net by senior Remi Dujardin off of a cross in front of the net.

In the 19th minute, senior Isaiah Wilson was granted a direct kick from just outside the box. His shot hit the cross bar and the game remained scoreless.

The Bonnies took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute after sophomore Bonso scored his first goal of the season off of a corner kick. His goal was assisted by sophomore Fredrik Hansen.

At the end of the first half, the Bonnies outshot the Dayton Flyers 5-0 as the Bonnies defense shut down the Flyers attack.

It was not until the 55th minute that the Flyers recorded their first shot on net.

The Flyers started to show pressure in the second half, however senior goalkeeper Iacobellis made multiple key saves on scoring chances to keep the shutout alive.

The Bonnies threatened in the 74th minute after senior Kosi Nwafornso had his shot blocked in front of the net after a cross in front.

Iacobellis added to his impressive defensive performance after a clutch diving save from a direct kick in the 88th minute to keep the shutout.

"The first half has been tough for us overall," head coach Kwame Oduro said. "Tonight we came out with a lot of energy and intensity. We were able to carry that into the second half."

The Flyers out-shot the Bonnies 10-7 and held a narrow edge in corners, 6-4.

In their next game, the Bonnies will host Rhode Island Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Marra Athletics Complex.

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