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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – St. Bonaventure dictated the pace from the outset and picked up goals from three different players on the way to a 3-1 victory at Youngstown State Sunday afternoon.
The continued pressure led to the first goal of the season.
Following back-to-back corner kick opportunities, a Youngstown State foul in the box set up Cerza for a penalty kick chance.
Cerza drove her effort into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage just over 16 minutes in.
Though the Bonnies controlled nearly all of the first half, the Penguins got their first real chance in the 42nd minute on a shot just outside the 18-yard box, but Lauren Malcolm made a nice diving save to preserve the lead.
In the 60th minute, the Bonnies picked up some insurance.
Following a YSU goal kick, Sabrina Sousa-Sampson stole the ball away near midfield. The senior then delivered a cross to Bella May who was free of the defense on the near wing. May did the rest, driving her shot from 15 yards out over the shoulder of the keeper to double the Bona lead.
St. Bonaventure (1-1) put the match on ice when freshman Christine Napoli took advantage of a corner kick and scrum in front to punch in her first career goal in the 75th minute.
The only mark against the Bona defense came on a penalty kick goal from the Penguins 83 minutes in as the hosts dropped to 1-1 on the season.
The Bonnies owned a 12-4 advantage in shots and 4-2 in corner kicks.
SBU is back in action Friday night for the 2019 home opener against Buffalo.
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