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Bonnies Fall Short Despite Strong Start, Late Rally

Bonnies Fall Short Despite Strong Start, Late Rally

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Three Keys To The Game

  • Junior Destinee Johnson led the offense with one goal and three assists.
  • Rylee Arnold got the Bonnies off to a hot start with two goals in the first two minutes to give St. Bonaventure an early 3-0 lead.
  • Freshman Kayla Radzyminski and sophomore Casey Decatur scored the first goals of their collegiate careers. 

INDIANAPOLIS — A hot start, late rally and season-high eight goals weren't enough as the Bonnies came up just short against the Butler Bulldogs Friday afternoon, 10-8.

St. Bonaventure (0-3) kicked off the scoring early on when just a minute into the game, Rylee Arnold scored her second goal of the season.

It was the second time Arnold has scored within the first 92 seconds of a game. Her first of the season against Lafayette came at the 29:06 mark in the season-opener.

Just 47 seconds later, the quick-striking senior was at it again.

Unassisted, she tore through the defense to make it 3-0 Bonnies and force the Bulldogs to take an early timeout.

In between Arnold's two goals—the 52nd and 53rd of her impressive career which puts her in 18th place all-time in Bonnies scoring— freshman midfielder Kayla Radyzminski scored her first collegiate goal off an assist from Destinee Johnson.

But the Bulldogs (2-3) didn't lie down despite the early setback. Over the next 28 minutes, they went on a 7-0 run and took a 7-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The scoring run continued into the second half when Hayley Hallenback made it 8-3 Bulldogs just 12 seconds in.

Eight scoreless minutes went by before the Bonnies offense found some momentum thanks to junior Kyra O'Gorman.

The midfielder scored her first and second goals of the season less than two minutes apart but cut the deficit from five to three. Johnson assisted her on the first and Arnold on the second.

For O'Gorman, it's the fifth multi-goal performance of her career. She had four last season and one during her freshman campaign.

Five minutes later, sophomore Casey Decatur kept the Bonnies scoring run going. The midfielder got her first career goal, assisted by Johnson, at the 14:55 mark in the second.

Again, Butler wasn't dissuaded by a Bonnies 3-0 run. The Bulldogs answered back with two goals, one from Karina Latsko, who ended her day with a game-high four goals, and Ashley Guerra to bring their lead back four.

Down 10-6 and with time winding down, the Bonnies continued to battle.

Johnson, already in the midst of a career day, added another point with a goal from outside the free position arc to make it 10-7 with 2:55 left.

For Johnson, it was her first ever multi-assist game, and the highest single-game point total of her career surpassing her two-goal game against George Mason last season.

The Bonnies had more scoring chances as the clock ticked down and were able to crack the scoreboard one more time when Julia Davidson beat the Bulldogs keeper with 21 seconds left, but couldn't rally from the deficit they fell into at halftime.

Overall, the Bonnies outshot Butler 22-20 and had 17 shots on goal to Butler's 15. St. Bonaventure also held advantages in groundballs, 18-17.

Kathryn Yoder paced the defense with four caused turnovers while Andrea Hill had six groundballs.

However, Butler had crucial advantages in draw controls, 11-9, saves (9-5) and clear percentage (82 percent to 75 percent).

In goal for the Bonnies, Savannah Clarke played all 60 minutes for the third time this season. She made five saves while facing 20 shots.

Next up, the Bonnies continue their spring break road trip Sunday when they travel to Kent State to take on the Golden Flashes at 1:00 p.m.

Kent State is in its first year as a program and has yet to win their first game, coming in at 0-4. Their relatively inexperienced roster has no upperclassmen and only two sophomores.

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