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Second Half Goal Not Enough As Men's Soccer Falls In Season Opener, 2-1

Luca Nicastro (19) looks to make a move around a Binghamton defender in Monday's contest. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohen)
Luca Nicastro (19) looks to make a move around a Binghamton defender in Monday's contest. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohen)

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Freshman Matthew Wrobel scored his first career goal, but the St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team dropped its season opener, 2-1, at Binghamton Monday evening.

In the 61st minute, Callum Beattie corralled a ball down the left side of the field, finding Francesco Caorsi on a back heel pass just outside of the box. Caorsi dribbled by two defenders and delivered a low ball into Wrobel who did not miss, scoring the first goal of the year for the Brown and White, cutting the Bonnies deficit in half to 2-1.

Binghamton (2-0-0) built a two-goal advantage to take control. The Bearcats got behind the Bona defense in the 28th minute to open the scoring on a goal from Ethan Homier. The Bearcats struck again just over six minutes later in the 34th minute, extending their lead to 2-0 before halftime, as Anthony Lizaridis found the back of the net.

The Bonnies (0-1-0) looked to be in control of the game early, generating multiple scoring chances early in the first half.

In the 21st minute, Fredrik Hansen found Joshua Pulla on the back post but Pulla's shot was grabbed by the Binghamton goalkeeper.

Just a few moments later in the 24th minute, Beattie sent a ball into the box and Cuneyt Vardar put a head on it, but the effort was turned away.

Wrobel led the Bonnies with four shots in his official St. Bonaventure debut while junior goalkeeper Justyn Sandhu made four saves in net. Beattie and Jaaziel Thompson each tallied two shots on the night. Monday night marked the first official contest of the season for the Bonnies as their scheduled opener last week at Saint Francis (PA) was suspended due to inclement weather.

Bona finished the contest with a 13-12 shot advantage and also won the corner battle, 7-4.

The Bonnies are back in action Friday, Sept. 3 when they take on Little Three rival Canisius in the 2021 fall home opener at the Marra Athletics Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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