Three Keys To The Game
- Maddie Mason. The stellar defender was all over the field wreaking havoc on Canisius with several clutch sliding tackles in the box, and adding an assist with a booming free kick near midfield.
- Substitutions. On a scorching, mid-80's Sunday afternoon, there were 48 subs between both teams, and everyone was battling exhaustion.
- Physicality. This game was a classic Little Three contest with 27 total fouls and a yellow card per side.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure women's soccer can't escape overtime. For the third straight match, they walked away with a draw. This time, a 2-2 final against Canisius, moving their season record to 0-2-4.
It's the fourth straight game the Bonnies have reached extra time, and the fifth time in their six total matches.
Outside of last matches scoreless draw with Youngstown State, the draws haven't come from a lack of scoring. The Bonnies have scored at least one goal in every other match this season, and are averaging 1.67 goals per match with ten total goals in their six games.
Sunday's matinee saw Canisius hop out to an early lead thanks to a goal in the 15th minute by Madeline Beaulieu. A scrum in the goalie box ensued after Hope Balling crossed one in from deep, and Beaulieu was in the right spot at the right time to convert just inside the left crossbar.
Given Canisius' season numbers -- the Golden Griffins came in allowing just three goals, 11 shots on goals and eight corner kicks in their three matches -- it appeared one would be enough to shut the door on their third victory.
But the Bonnies, still in search of their first win of the season, wanted this one bad.
They answered four minutes later with a goal from Mariah Marrero. It was the senior's first of the season and third of her career. It came off a free kick from Maddie Mason that one-hopped the net, ricocheted off the head Isabelle LaBarbera and eventually flew past Golden Griffin keeper Alana Rossi.
Rossi isn't easy to beat either. The junior, who has started every game since walking onto campus freshman year, has a career goals against average under 1.30.
After a 60-minute scoring break, the Golden Griffin's finally broke the 1-1 tie in the 79th minute when Beaulieu notched a bracer with her second of the game. It came thanks to an awkward hop right in front of Bonnies keeper Lauren Malcolm. She couldn't decide whether to play the ball in the air or on the one-hop and let the ball knock off her shins and left an empty-netter for Beaulieu.
Just like last time, the Bonnies struck right back. Jessica Scruggs, charging down the right sideline, beautifully crossed a lead pass to Emily Foltz who snuck her way past the diving Rossi and cashed in on the empty net. It was Foltz's first career goal, and Scruggs' fourth point of the season.
In overtime, there was plenty of action. Each team took swings at each other like a boxing match, but it was one good defensive play after the other. Rossi and Malcolm locked in net each trying to outdo to other. When the dust settled, Malcolm ended her day with four saves, Rossi with one.
The Bonnies next match is this Friday at home against Wright State, the third in their four-game home stretch. The Raiders are 0-5-1 coming off a loss against Indiana State.
-- By Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant
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