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Bonnies Fight To 1-1 Deadlock With Binghamton In Season Opener

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University and Binghamton women's soccer teams opened the 2016 season on a warm late summer evening at the Marra Athletics Complex on Friday night, fighting to a 1-1 deadlock in double overtime.

The Bonnies opened strong, controlling much of the first 30 minutes of play. Bona threatened right away, putting a shot on goal off the foot of Brittany Tubiolo less than two minutes in, forcing Binghamton keeper Katie Hatziyanis.

Bona broke through in the 23rd minute. Tubiolo started the scoring play with a throw in, finding Mirae Whitaker 25 yards out. The Bona senior played into Jessica Scruggs on the close left wing with Scruggs punching the ball through traffic to Marley Jarvis directly in front. From there, Jarvis cleaned up from point blank range, pushing the loose ball past the keeper for the first goal of the season.

That tally stood until the 62nd minute when Binghamton drew even.

Jocelyn Acor stole a ball away from the Bonnies, breaking away and driving her shot through to the net from the center of the 18-yard box for the 1-1 tie.

Binghamton turned the tables in the second half, controlling the pace of play for much of the period, but the Bonnies had a couple of opportunities late. The hosts had their best chance in the 86th minute as a corner kick led to a header shot attempt from Sydney Cassagnol from right of the net, but it would sail high.

Throughout the evening, freshman keeper Lauren Malcolm played strong in net during her collegiate debut. She kept the game alive early in the first overtime as a pair of back-to-back headers forced her to leap to her left and make a save by her finger tips, forcing the shot off the crossbar.

Binghamton mounted a final rally in the waning seconds of the second overtime, with Acor's shot being blocked before an attempt from Patty Loonie drove Malcolm to make her sixth save of the night with a diving stop as the final buzzer sounded.

The Bearcats held a 14-11 edge in shots on the night.

St. Bonaventure returns to action Thursday at Buffalo.

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