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Perkins' Winner Gives Bonnies 3-2 Victory Over Duquesne

Perkins' Winner Gives Bonnies 3-2 Victory Over Duquesne

Three Keys To The Game:

  • Jon Michael-Perkins: With 38 seconds left in the match and overtime almost certain, he found the back of the net to give the Bonnies a crucial conference win to keep their Atlantic 10 conference tournament hopes alive.
  • Kosi Nwafornso: The Bonnies' leading scorer delivered again with the game-tying goal and a first half assist for three total points. Nwafornso finished the night with nine goals and 22 points for the season, lifting his totals after entering the game ranked third in goals and seventh among all A-10 players in points.
  • Penalty Kicks: Nwafornso continues to dominate the country in penalty kicks, netting his fifth of the season and now talking sole possession of the NCAA lead. Moritz Kappelsberger also had a first half PK for the Dukes that gave the visitors a lead at intermission.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team took down Duquesne, 3-2, in dramatic fashion on Saturday night thanks to a Jon-Michael Perkins goal with 38 seconds left in regulation. It was a must-win match for both squads, with both teams looking for an important third conference win and keep their Atlantic 10 conference tournament hopes alive.

The win improved the Bonnies to eighth in the conference standings, the final spot in the A-10 Tournament bracket with one game left to play.

The Bonnies (7-8-1, 3-4-0) struck first in the 10th minute when Kosi Nwafornso juked a defender, who slipped and fell to the ground, and found the foot of Shea Currey in front of net. Currey sent a shot above the keeper's shoulder for the first goal of his career.

But Duquesne (4-8-3, 2-3-2) answered right back just 37 seconds later when Ian Larson crossed one from deep outside the box and found Zach Hall who tipped it past Bonnies goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis.

The Dukes added another in the 27th minute when the Bonnies committed a foul in the box on a tie up, and Moritz Kappelsberger deposited the ensuing penalty kick in the bottom right corner of the net.

In the 47th minute Nwafornso delivered the crucial equalizer and remained a perfect five-for-five with his fifth penalty kick goal of the season after drawing a Dukes foul in the box set the stage.

After the quick goal, the rest of the second half was relatively quiet with only eight shots between the two teams, five from Duquesne and three from St. Bonaventure.

But the third shot was all the Bonnies needed after the cross from Anthony Gaglianese found Jon-Michael Perkins for the golden goal.

St. Bonaventure heads to Richmond Wednesday for a season-ending matchup against the A-10 leading VCU Rams. It's a rematch of last year's regular season finale at St. Bonaventure that saw the Bonnies take down a nationally-ranked Rams team to qualify for the A-10 tournament.

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