ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Freshman Emily Foltz beat multiple defenders on a rush from midfield, driving a high shot from the center of the box off the far post and into the back of the net for a dramatic 1-0 double overtime victory over Duquesne Thursday at the Marra Athletics Complex.
The game-winning strike from Foltz sent the Bonnies home with a rightful win after the hosts dominated for the majority of the contest.
Though the game went nearly 104 minutes without a goal, St. Bonaventure had its opportunities – especially in the second half.
The Bonnies dominated the pace of play during the second stanza, particularly during the final 20 minutes of the period, creating multiple chances to break the tie.
Mariah Marrero was at the heart of multiple attacks, first spinning through traffic before driving a shot just over the bar at the 63rd minute. Eight minutes later, the senior sent a great ball into the box for Sydney Cerza, but an aggressive play by the Duquesne keeper allowed her to scoop up the ball without damage.
Both Cerza and Foltz put shots right on that were deflected away as the minutes ticked off the scoreboard to keep things scoreless.
Bona keeper Lauren Malcolm turned away the biggest threat for the Dukes with three minutes left in regulation, punching away a shot from 10 yards out.
Sabrina Sousa-Sampson nearly sent the Bonnies home with a victory with 30 seconds left in the half as she sent a shot inches over the post.
Marrero had the best scoring chance in the first overtime, placing a shot right on the keeper in the 93rd minute.
Finally, Foltz sent the Bonnies fans home happy in the second overtime.
The first-year player collected a pass just past the midfield line and was able to win a one-on-two into the middle of the penalty box. After juking a defender, she drove a ringing line drive off the post that bounced into the upper 90, leaving the Bonnies to celebrate the win.
The Bonnies held a 15-12 edge in shots while corner kicks were even at six apiece. Cerza led the hosts with five shot attempts while Marrero and Foltz each had four.
Malcolm made five saves in net for a clean sheet.
SBU finishes its schedule at Saint Joseph's in the season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
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