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Niagara Slips Past Bonnies, 1-0, in Overtime

Niagara Slips Past Bonnies, 1-0, in Overtime

Three Keys To The Game

  • Emily Foltz.  After being named GoBonnies.com Female Athlete of the Week, the freshman midfielder continues to have an impact. Sunday, she had three shots and was responsible for multiple offensive opportunities. 
  • Overtime. For the sixth straight match, the Bonnies played extra time. The all-time Division I record for OT games in a season is 11, and St. Bonaventure has played in seven already. 
  • Heartbreak. For the second straight match, the Bonnies lost on an overtime goal with less than three minutes left on the clock. 

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team fell to the Niagara Purple Eagles 1-0 in overtime on Sunday. Niagara won a goal from Annie Ibey in the 98th minute. 

The first period was relatively even on both sides. The Purple Eagles (4-3-0) had five shots, the Bonnies' (0-4-4) had four, and Bonnies had a 2-1 advantage in corners. 

The Bonnies best chance in the first came in the 40th minute when Isabelle LaBarbera put a shot on net, but it was saved by Purple Eagles keeper Shania van Nuland, one her three for her on the afternoon. 

After a first period bereft of scoring chances, the Bonnies came out aggressive in the second.

In the 49th, Emily Foltz dropped in a great corner that found the head of Maddie Mason, but she missed just high. Then, Foltz was involved again in the 60th when a give-and-go with her and Maria Marrero almost found the back of the net, but Foltz missed just high. 

Between the 50th and 90th minute, the Bonnies, who found themselves mostly on the defensive side of the ball in the first, took control of the game and spent most of the second in the attacking zone. 

In the 66th minute, Sydney Cerza almost gave St. Bonaventure a lead when she rocketed a shot off a great cross, but she pinged it just off the crossbar to keep the score even. 

Despite the flurry of chances, the Bonnies went to extra time for the sixth straight match. 

In the 95th minute, St. Bonaventure was inches away from walking off with a win, but a header in the box by Sabrina Sousa-Sampson off a Foltz corner bounced off the post and into the arms of the keeper. 

Two minutes later, Niagara finally got past the Bonnies defense. Ibey, off a cross from Kelsey Araujo, snuck it into the right corner of the net for a walk-off win. 

Malcolm finished the day with four saves on five shots faced. 

St. Bonaventure is back in action Friday when the Bonnies travel to Buffalo to take on the Bulls. It will be the team's first road game since Aug. 26. 

-- By Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant

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