Three Keys To The Game
- Early Strike. Junior attack Sydney Cerza helped the Bonnies grab the early momentum when she netted her third goal of the season just four minutes into the match.
- Overtime. For the fifth straight game, the Bonnies found themselves in extra time. It's now their sixth overtime match in seven total contests
- Lauren Malcolm. The Bonnies goalie had a busy night in net. More than making six saves, Malcolm was under constant pressure from the Wright State offense who did an excellent job of keeping the ball in their offensive zone.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team lost a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to Wright State on Friday night at the Marra Athletics Complex. With just 20 seconds left in overtime, Raiders freshman Sydni Callahan snuck a shot past the diving hands of Bonnies keeper Lauren Malcolm to seal the win for the visitors.
The Bonnies were inches away from their first win of the season, but instead, move to 0-2-4 on the year.
St. Bonaventure had the early momentum after junior Sydney Cerza found the back of the net just four minutes into the match after a great feed from freshman Emily Foltz. It was Cerza's third of the season, and the fastest the Bonnies have scored all season by over 15 minutes.
That wasn't the only time the Bonnies threatened early. Cerza launched a rocket that pinged off the crossbar a few minutes after, and Mia Thatcher just missed a shot wide after a great feed from Ryan Kunkle.
Despite the St. Bonaventure momentum, Wright State stayed strong and came through with a goal in the 41st minute of the first period to tie things up 1-1 heading into halftime.
In the second period, the Bonnies had a chance to get on the board early again after a Raider handball handed St. Bonaventure a free kick. Senior Mariah Marrero tried to go top shelf for her second goal of the season, but missed just high over the crossbar.
Then, late in the second period with just four minutes remaining, Foltz dished up another gem to Mia Thatcher, but Thatcher couldn't quite get to it as it skipped into the hands of the Wright State keeper.
So, for the fifth straight match, the Bonnies headed to extra time. The Bonnies had chances in overtime, but the real star was Malcolm. She knocked away two corner kicks and one free kick over a 10-minute stretch, but the Raiders eventually beat her when Callahan took advantage of a Bonnies turnover, dribbled through three defenders and ended it. Malcolm finished the night with six saves.
The Bonnies are back in action on Sunday when they welcome in Little Three rival Niagara for a 1:00 p.m. Sunday matinee. The Purple Eagles are 3-3 and coming off a 2-0 win at home over St. Francis on Friday night. The Bonnies have the edge in the recent series with the Purple Eagles—winning five of the last seven matchups—but Niagara has won two of the last four including a 2-0 shutout in Niagara last year. The last time these two teams met in St. Bonaventure, Marley Jarvis and Cerza both found the back of the net in a 4-1 win.
-- By Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant
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