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Sousa-Sampson's Goal, Late Rally Not Enough in 2-1 Setback at Richmond

Sousa-Sampson's Goal, Late Rally Not Enough in 2-1 Setback at Richmond

Three Keys To The Game

  • Sabrina Sousa-Sampson. The junior notched her third goal of the season in the 80th minute.
  • Second half comeback. After going down 2-0 in the first half, the Bonnies made a strong comeback effort in the second, outshooting the Spiders and falling just short of sending the game to overtime. 
  • Bella May. In her first start since returning from an injury she sustained at Binghamton, the junior collected her first pointof the year on an assist.

RICHMOND, Va. — Despite a late flurry of shots, the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team couldn't complete a comeback against Atlantic 10 rival Richmond, ultimately falling 2-1. 

The Spiders dominated the first half by outshooting the Bonnies 11-2 and earned five corner kicks. The hosts took an early lead in the 25th minute when Brooke Beam found the back of the net for her first goal of the season. 

Six minutes later, Olivia Tripodi added on another to make it 2-0 Spiders. 

But despite the Bonnies' first-half struggles, they bounced back well after halftime. 

In the second half, Bona outshot the Spiders 8-6 and created multiple chances to tie.

In the 80th minute, the Bonnies got on the board thanks to Sabrina Sousa-Sampson. The junior headed a shot past the Spiders keeper off a corner kick. It was Sousa-Sampson's third goal of the season and the third goal of her career in A-10 play. 

For Sousa-Sampson, it also set a new single goals record, surpassing her freshman year total of two goals. 

Junior Bella May assisted on the goal. It was her first point since returning to the starting lineup for the first time since sustaining an injury in the season opening match against Binghamton. May played in 19 games last year collecting a goal and an assist. 

That goal could have been the game-tying goal. Just three minutes prior, Mariah Marrero rocketed a shot that nailed the bottom of the crossbar and dropped just inches in front of the goal line before rolling out of bounds. 

All of this was a part of six Bonnies shots over the final 15 minutes of the match, coming from four different players.

The Bonnies final chance to tie things up came in 88th minute. On their second corner kick of the final 10 minutes, Gretta LaCouture fired a rebound from thirty yards out that almost got over the head of the Spiders keeper, but a great save kept Richmond in the lead. 

The Bonnies will visit UMass next Thursday, Sept. 27. The Minutewomen are 7-2 on the season, 2-0 in A-10 play and winners of six straight. They are coming off back-to-back victories over Rhode Island and Duquesne.