Three Keys To The Game:
- LaBarbera's first goal: After 39 scoreless minutes to start the contest, Isabelle LaBarbera got the Bonnies on the board with her first career goal — thanks to an assist from Bella Marra —and gave the visitors momentum going into the break.
- Taking control in the second: With the Bonnies already in command, senior Mariah Marrero made it 2-0 in the 56th minute on an unassisted shot from 30 feet out.
- Malcolm's work in net: Outside of the offensive effort, Bonnies' goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm produced an impressive night in net. She ended the night with seven saves and allowed one or fewer goals for the fifth time this season.
KINGSTON, R.I. — The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team grabbed a two-goal lead early in the second half and held on later to emerge victorious on the road against Rhode Island, 2-0, on Thursday night.
The Rams pressed early, firing three shots in the first five minutes, but the Bonnies, led by keeper Lauren Malcolm who finished the night with seven saves, remained resilient and kept the hosts off the scoreboard.
St. Bonaventure's first scoring chance on the night came in the 36th minute when Isabelle LaBarbera fired a shot on net, but it was saved by Rams keeper Hailey Brennan.
But LaBarbera wouldn't be denied.
Three minutes later, after a great feed from Bella Marra, she beat Brennan to get the Bonnies on the board. It was sophomore's first goal of the season, and the first of her career, and gives her four points on the season.
After a few more minutes of trading shots during the opening minutes of the second half, the Bonnies cracked the scoreboard again in the 57th minute when Mariah Marrero launched a shot on goal from 30 feet out that got past Brennan.
It was Marrero's third goal of the season, and for the senior, the fifth of her two-year career with Bonnies.
Despite the 2-0 lead, the Bonnies offense kept firing, and over the next 40 minutes, outshot the Rams 5-4. On the match, the Rams held a slight 14-12 shot advantage.
The Rams were able to get in the scoring column before the night was over, breaking the shutout in the 87th minute with a goal from Amanda Schafer.
Rhode Island made one last stand, forcing Malcolm to make another save with less than 30 seconds remaining. Malcolm was able to turn the attempt away for her Atlantic 10-best 109th save of the year, sealing the victory.
The Bonnies head home for their next match this Sunday against the Saint Louis Billikens on Senior Day. The penultimate home match of the Bonnies' season will see seniors Jessica Scruggs, Gretta LaCouture, Tori Bernardo, Kylie Terwilliger, Mariah Marrero and Marley Jarvis honored with a ceremony for their dedication to the program.
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