Three Keys to the Game
- Lauren Malcolm. The Bonnies goalkeeper did everything she could to keep the Bonnies in the game, making 10 saves on the 24 total shots she faced. It was her second-highest save total of the season, one short of her 11 in the season-opener against Binghamton.
- Maddie Mason. After missing last Thursday's match against VCU due to injury and being limited to 45 minutes against Richmond, the junior defender logged 90 full minutes and made a few impressive plays to keep the match close.
- Gretta LaCouture. The senior midfielder, who like Mason has battled injury this season, earned her first start since Aug. 31 and created the Bonnies' best offensive opportunity of the afternoon when she ripped a shot on goal in the 75th minute.
AMHERST, Mass. — Despite 10 saves from St. Bonaventure goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm, the Bonnies came up short against the UMass Minutewomen, 1-0, Thursday afternoon in Atlantic 10 women's soccer play.
The Minutewomen came out aggressive in the first half.
Led by Sarah Beaulieu's six shots, the hosts fired off 15 total shots, including eight on goal, but Malcolm matched them every step of the way. She collected eight total saves, which topped her previous season high of saves in a half when she made six stops in the second half against Buffalo.
Malcolm had multiple impressive saves. In the 30th minute, she dove in front of UMass attacker Kelly Marra to prevent a one-on-one scoring chance, and in the 37th minute, she leapt near the top of the crossbar to punch a shot from Mia Carazza over the net.
Overall, it was the second time in her career Malcolm made eight saves in a half, the previous time coming in 2016 against Rhode Island when she ended the match with 13 total saves.
The Minutewomen kept the pressure on in the second half and were able to crack the scoreboard in the 55th minute when Sini Laaksonen, assisted by Lauren Bonavita, snuck her first goal of the season past Malcolm.
The Bonnies almost tied it up in the 75th minute when senior Gretta LaCouture ripped a shot from 25 feet out that was stopped by the Minutewomen keeper.
The Bonnies' next matchup is Sunday, Sept. 30 when they welcome A-10 rival George Washington to the Marra Athletics Complex. The Colonials are 5-5-1 and coming off back-to-back A-10 losses against George Mason and Fordham, including a 2-0 loss to George Mason on Thursday. Kickoff for Sunday's match is set for 1 p.m.
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