BUFFALO – Freshman Sabrina Sousa-Sampson tallied her first career collegiate goal and fellow first-year goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm made nine saves, but it wouldn't be enough for the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team in a 3-1 setback Thursday night vs. Buffalo at rainy UB Stadium.
Sousa-Sampson ruined Buffalo's clean sheet in the final minute of the contest, finding the back of the net on a header goal after receiving a corner kick from Gretta LaCouture.
Unfortunately for the Bonnies, by that point the game was already decided as Buffalo had pulled away during the second half.
Jessica Scruggs gave the Bonnies the first scoring opportunity of the night, forcing a save from the UB keeper off a header attempt in the sixth minute.
Buffalo would break through on a penalty kick goal in the 30th minute from Julia Benati, and that score would hold until halftime. Bona had another scoring look in the 39th minute when a corner kick resulted in a chance for Danielle Vis on the right wing, but her shot sailed over the net.
Following a 30-minute delay for lightning along with a driving rain storm during intermission, the Bonnies started to control the pace of play in the early going of the second half.
Bella Marra nearly got the Bonnies on the board with an equalizer in the 49th minute, smashing a shot with her right foot that ricocheted off the cross bar. Less than 10 seconds later, Bianca Kristo sent her own attempt on net that was denied by Bulls keeper Cassie Betancourt.
Buffalo weathered the storm, though, and seized all the momentum on a pair of goals from Carrisma Cutrona. Cutrona first struck in the 57th minute, beating the keeper to the right corner of the net for a 2-0 score. She would score again in the 63rd minute, this time scissoring a shot to the upper left of the goal.
The final shot totals saw Buffalo hold a narrow 16-13 edge with the Bonnies forcing Betancourt to make seven stops in net. St. Bonaventure was awarded four corner kicks to Buffalo's none.
Vis fired a team-high four shots while all three of the shot attempts by Scruggs were on net.
The Bonnies return to action on Friday, Sept. 2 under the lights at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex against Little Three rival Canisius. Action is set to get underway at 7 p.m.
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