ANNAPOLIS, MD – The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team battled for a full 90 minutes but were unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 1-0 to Navy Friday night on the road.
A deflection in the backline of the defense led to an own goal in the sixth minute, giving Navy the edge that would turn out to be the difference.
Navy (3-0) would hold on to that lead the rest of the way.
The Bonnies, however, held possession in the offensive zone for most of the first period, outshooting the Midshipmen 7-4 but were unable to find the back of the net.
Cuneyt Vardar saw a shot off his left foot get stopped by the goalkeeper in the 39th minute. Earlier in the first half, Cheuk Pan Ngan fired a shot that went off the top of the crossbar, keeping the Bonnies off the board.
Freshman goalkeeper Justyn Sandhu made his first career start in net and finished with three saves. He made his best stop of the night in the 53rd minute, diving to his left to make the save at full extension, keeping the Bonnies within one.
Shea Currey had two good looks in the second half to nearly get the Bonnies on the board. In the 84th minute he had a shot turned away by the Navy defense and almost slotted a goal through in the 89th minute off a free kick at the top of the box but it was punched away by the Navy goalkeeper.
The Bonnies continue to generate chances for themselves as they outshot the Midshipmen 14-8 in the game and put six shots on goal. Currey, Fredrik Hansen and Francesco Caorsi each had three shots on the night.
St. Bonaventure is back in action Sunday, Sept. 8 on the road at UMBC. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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