Three Keys To The Game
- The Bonnies' best chance came in overtime when Mariah Marrero had a one-on-one chance late in the first overtime, but a diving save by Youngstown State goalie Kate McEachern kept it scoreless.
- After a Bonnies miscommunication on a free kick in the first period, the Penguins were left with a three-on-one rush on Lauren Malcolm in net. Malcolm, with the help of her back line defense, kept Youngstown State off the board.
- The Bonnies came out in attack mode in OT, outshooting Youngstown State 5-0, but the Penguins were able to handle every attack thrown on net all night.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Another match, another overtime affair for Bonnies women's soccer. After 110 minutes of action, St. Bonaventure and Youngstown State walked away from the Marra Athletics complex with a scoreless draw.
The draw moved the Bonnies to 0-2-3 on the season, a similar result for a team still looking for their first win on the campaign, but the final score was far from what they're used to. It was the only scoreless contest SBU has played, and the only game in which they've failed to score.
St. Bonaventure came into the night leading the Atlantic 10 in goals per game with two, and featured an almost unbelievable .23 shot percentage.
Friday's lack of offense led to the second straight draw for the Bonnies, who drew UMass-Lowell 3-3 on Sunday, and the fourth time in their five matches they've gone into extra time.
The only exception came at Kent State when the Golden Flashes avoided overtime thanks to a clutch goal in the 88th minute.
The Bonnies had chances to light up the scoreboard early. Nine minutes into the game, Gretta LaCouture fed Sydney Cerza beautifully in front of the net, but she was unable to convert. Later, a corner from Isabelle LaBarbera led to a header try from Dareion Marrison, but her shot was saved by McEachern, one of six on the night for the Penguin goalie.
Junior keeper Lauren Malcolm again kept the opposition off the scoreboard with her first clean sheet of the season. It's been the theme of the season for Malcom, who has an A-10 leading 37 saves after adding five vs. the Penguins.
The shutout represented the seventh of her career and her second against Youngstown State as she earned the win against the Penguins as a freshman.
The Bonnies are back in action for a 4:00 p.m. matinee match on Sunday at home against Canisius. The Golden Griffins are fresh off a 1-0 loss to Youngstown State on the road.
-- By Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant
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