ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Last Sunday, the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team broke out of its early season scoring drought in a big way with four goals in a victory over Niagara. Friday night vs. Youngstown State, the Bonnies left no doubt as to whether they would be able to keep that momentum, scoring twice in the first four minutes and change on the way to a dominating 6-0 victory at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex.
For the Bonnies (2-2-1), it was a night for the record books as the hosts turned in their strongest offensive performance and largest margin of victory since an 8-0 win over Saint Peter's on Sept. 10, 2004.
Two perfectly executed set pieces started the night off right for Bona and left Youngstown State (2-3-1) playing on its heels early.
St. Bonaventure doubled its lead in the fifth minute, with Sydney Cerza taking a corner kick off the foot of Morris. The Bonnies freshman deposited her header effort into the net from close range for her second goal of the week and a 2-0 advantage.
The Bonnies were relentless in their attack during the first half. In the 15th minute, Danielle Vis rocketed a shot that the Penguins keeper was just able to deflect into the post and out of harm's way. In the 18th minute, however, Vis was able to break through as the junior beat two YSU defenders in the box and fire past the keeper for the 3-0 score.
The ferocious first half barrage continued as in the 22nd minute Cerza nearly scored her second of the night, delivering a rocket off the crossbar that nearly rolled past the goal line before being plucked away by the Penguins keeper.
The Bonnies finished the first half with their first four-goal attack in a stanza since 2008 when Jessica Scruggs took a cross from Gretta LaCouture into the center of the box before finishing for her first goal of the season and a 4-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, freshman Bella May was the headliner as she registered her first two collegiate goals. May went to the upper 90 on both scores, finding the net off her left foot from just outside the 18-yard box in the 64th minute before driving on the left wing and hitting a floater over the keeper's head for her second score 86 minutes in.
All of the offense was more than enough for Bonnies goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm who turned in her first collegiate clean sheet.
In all, the Bonnies outshot the Penguins by an 18-6 margin and allowed little in the way of chances for the visitors who were able to place just one shot on net.
St. Bonaventure will have little time to rest, heading to Cleveland State for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
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