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Last-Minute Goal Propels Bonnies To 3-2 Victory Over Saint Francis (Pa.)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – John Engerman's shot from outside the box in the 89th minute found the back of the net, propelling the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) Sunday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Complex.

In the 89th minute, the Bonnies were on the cusp of their third overtime game to begin the season, but Engerman had other ideas. The sophomore defender found the ball at his feet just outside the box following a corner kick and his shot managed to break through the crowd of players and into the back of the net.

Engerman's goal sealed a three-game winning streak for the Bonnies to begin the new season.

Joshua Pulla had the chance to give the Bonnies an insurance goal in the second half, but pushed his shot just wide of the net in the 61st minute.

Saint Francis (PA) capitalized on the Bona error and stormed down the field, tying the game at 2-2 within a minute of Pulla's attempt at the other end.

The Red Flash appeared to push ahead in the 80th minute, but were called offsides, nullifying the goal.

Junior Cuneyt Vardar picked up right where he left off last Sunday against Ashland when he scored the golden goal in extra time, opening the scoring Sunday in the 15th minute. John Scott and Callum Beattie were credited with assists on the play.

Just moments later, Vardar had the chance to put the Bonnies up two, but his shot was denied by the post.

Saint Francis would find the equalizer in the 20th minutes after a Red Flash shot deflected into the Bonaventure net, bringing the score even at 1-1.

The Bonnies retook the lead in the 31st minute after a St. Francis handball in the box gave the hosts a penalty shot. Senior Shea Currey calmly stood over the ball and buried the PK attempt in the back of the net, giving Bona's a 2-1 edge.

Vardar finished the contest with three shots while Pulla registered a pair of shots on the night.

Justyn Sandhu got his third straight start in net, making three saves.

St. Bonaventure has started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2013 season when the Bonnies opened 4-0.

The Bonnies are back in action Saturday, March 13 at home when they open Atlantic 10 play against Duquesne. That game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.

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