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Vardar's Golden Goal Lifts Bonnies To 3-2 Victory Over Ashland

Vardar's Golden Goal Lifts Bonnies To 3-2 Victory Over Ashland

ASHLAND, Ohio – Cuneyt Vardar's golden goal in the 104th minute lifted the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team to a 3-2 win in double overtime at Ashland Sunday afternoon.

After finding space on the left side of the field, Luca Nicastro fired a shot on net that was deflected by the goalkeeper. The ball, however, wound up on the foot of Vardar and he punched it home, sending the visitors home winners in the second overtime period.

Bona played the final 20 minutes shorthanded after a red card in the 85th minute.

The Bonnies (2-0) struck first to take the early advantage.

Senior Fredrik Hansen found space to get off a shot to the low right side of the net and was able to slip it past the Ashland goalkeeper in the 10th minute, giving the Bonnies a 1-0 lead. Vardar was credited with the assist on the Hansen goal to get the scoring started.

Ashland (0-1), however, earned a free kick in the 18th minute and Justin Libertowski slotted it past the Bonnies keeper for the equalizer.

In the 37th minute, Callum Beattie pounced on an Ashland errant pass and found Isaac Boamah down the left side of the field. The Bonnies would be awarded a penalty kick after Boamah was taken down by an Ashland defender in the box.

Currey stepped up and buried the penalty kick in the bottom left corner of the net, putting the Bonnies back on top, 2-1. 

Ashland was quick to tie the contest back up coming out of the halftime break.

In the 51st minute, the Eagles defense forced a Bonnies miscue which resulted in an own goal to tie the game, 2-2.

The Bonnies nearly answered right back as Beattie stood over a set piece just outside the box in the 53rd minute, but his shot was handled by the Eagles goalkeeper.

Senior Shea Currey had a chance to break the deadlock, but his shot was blocked and cleared away in the 78th minute.

Neither team could find the game-winner in the final 10 minutes and the game headed to overtime.

In the first overtime period, it was a back-and-forth affair between the Bonnies and the Eagles as the 10 minutes went by without either team getting a clean look at net to set the stage for the game-winner in the second extra period.

Justyn Sandhu made three saves in net for the Bonnies while Hansen finished with three shots in the contest.

The Bonnies return to the field next Sunday, March 7, at the Marra Athletics Complex when they host St. Francis (Pa.) in the first home contest since 2019. That match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

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