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Cerza's Goal Not Enough as Colonials Slip Past Bonnies, 2-1

Cerza's Goal Not Enough as Colonials Slip Past Bonnies, 2-1

Three Keys To The Game

  • Sydney Cerza: The junior scored her fourth goal of the season to give the Bonnies a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
  • Lauren Malcolm. The Bonnies' goalkeeper collected 11 saves, her second match in a row with double digits following 10 against UMass Thursday.
  • Fresh Legs: All year, head coach Steve Brdarski has highlighted his team's depth as a strength, and today it showed as 19 total Bonnies saw minutes.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Despite an early goal by Sydney Cerza to give the Bonnies a 1-0 lead, the George Washington Colonials stormed back late and scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to steal away the Bonnies first Atlantic 10 win.

It was a relatively even start to the match. The Colonials put two shots on the net in the first 15 minutes, both saved by Bonnies goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm, and the Bonnies had one shot courtesy of Mariah Marrero.

In the 16th minute, the Bonnies created their second chance when Sydney Cerza collected a ball dumped deep in the Bonnies offensive zone, made a few defenders miss, and floated it over the head of Colonials goalie Anna Tapen.

For Cerza, the unassisted goal was her fourth of the season and tenth point—both of which lead all Bonnies scorers.

From there, the Bonnies defense stayed strong led by Malcolm in net. At half, the Bonnies goalie registered six saves to keep the Colonials off the board.

But the Colonials offense—who put up 22 shots in total on the afternoon—couldn't be kept out of the scoring column all afteroon. They finally broke through in the 76th minute when Sofia Pavon found the back of the net following a feed from Anya Heist.

Four minutes later, Pavon struck again. Her third goal of the season and second of the match gave the Colonials a 2-1 lead they never looked back from.

Following the setback, the Bonnies head to La Salle on Thursday for a matchup against a 6-4-1 Explorers team. La Salle is also coming off a loss on Sunday, 3-1, to UMass and have lost three straight in A-10 play after defeating Davidson on the road, 1-0, in their conference opener.

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