FAIRFAX, Va. – The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team dropped its Atlantic 10 opener on a rainy Thursday evening in Northern Virginia, 1-0 at George Mason.
A header goal from the Patriots (7-3, 1-0 A-10) late in the first half turned out to be the difference.
After the first 39 minutes were scoreless, the Patriots broke through for the first and only goal of the game shortly before intermission. George Mason's Sarah Hardison tallied her fifth goal of the season, taking a cross from the left side and finishing with a header past the keeper to break the scoreless tie.
Though both teams would attack in the later minutes, that would be the only time the ball found the back of the net at George Mason Stadium.
St. Bonaventure forced four saves from Mason goalkeeper Kirsten Glad, including a shot right on from Sydney Cerza in the 74th minute. Jessica Scruggs tested Glad with a shot on net in the 84th minute but was also denied.
Glad held strong in the net, however, earning the clean sheet.
Reigning Atlantic 10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week Danielle Vis paced the Bonnies with four shot attempts while Scruggs fired three.
Lauren Malcolm put in another strong performance, making six saves for the Bonnies (3-6-1, 0-1)
The Bonnies remain in the Capital Region through the weekend and will play at George Washington on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as Atlantic 10 play continues.
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