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Bonnies Fall Just Short As Late Goal Pushes Kent State To 2-1 Win

Bonnies Fall Just Short As Late Goal Pushes Kent State To 2-1 Win

Three Keys To The Game

  • Kent State found the net early – second minute – and late – 88th minute
  • Sydney Cerza scored her second goal of the weekend for a 1-1 tie in the 59th minute
  • KSU was awarded 14 corner kicks on the day

KENT, Ohio – A strike in the very early going and another in the waning seconds sent Kent State to a 2-1 victory over the visiting St. Bonaventure women's soccer team Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Flashes (1-1-0), last year's Mid-American Conference regular season champions, shocked the Bonnies just over one minute in, when a free kick in the six-yard box led to a collision between the Bona keeper and a Kent attacker. Cassandra Sauter collected the loose ball and took advantage of an open net for the 1-0 lead.

That score would stick until the 59th minute when the Bonnies found the equalizer.

After creating multiple attacks, freshman Mia Thatcher found junior Sydney Cerza with a wide cross. Cerza went far post with a header, beating the Golden Flashes keeper for the tie.

The 1-1 score held thanks in part to strong work in net by Lauren Malcolm who made seven saves to finish with 18 for the opening weekend.

Kent pushed ahead with less than three minutes to play in regulation, however, when a corner kick resulted in a one-timer from Autumn Meisenberg for the game-winner.

St. Bonaventure (0-1-1) returns to action Friday night at home under the lights vs. Cornell. Opening kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex.


-- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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