ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sophomore Kacie Filian scored twice as the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team remained undefeated at home by way of a 2-1 triumph over visiting Merrimack Sunday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Complex.
After nearly 70 minutes of scoreless play, Filian's first goal broke the tie for the Bonnies (4-4).
After being awarded a corner kick, Bella May sent a ball directly to Filian. The sophomore did the rest as she headed her first career goal into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just six minutes later, Filian doubled her career goal total as she gave the Bonnies some needed insurance.
Rachel Hutchison started the sequence by winning possession away from a defender on the near wing, flicking a pass over to Kenzie Tarmino. Tarmino crossed in front to Filian who this time went to the right of the goalie for a 2-0 lead.
Merrimack (1-5) would cut the deficit in half following a free kick as Katelyn Richardson delivered a laser from 30 yards out for the Warriors' only score.
Merrimack continued to pressure and placed two shots on goal in the final three minutes that were caught by keeper Lauren Malcolm.
Bona had its first definitive chance to break into the scoring in the 26th minute following a corner kick. The Bonnies had a great set piece in place as both Sydney Cerza and Maddie Mason saw good looks, but each had a shot blocked by a defender inside the box.
In the 33rd minute, Cerza nearly struck again when she wheeled around a defender inside 10 yards and fired a rocket of a shot directly off the crossbar that would bound away harmlessly after a tremendous look.
The teams continued to take their scoreless deadlock well into the second half, but the Bonnies rang the crossbar again in the 64th minute. A header attempt from Mason nearly deflected into the net after hitting off the crossbar, but did no damage as an offsides whistle eventually ended the volley.
Merrimack delivered 10 shots on goal, nine of which were denied by Malcolm as the Bonnies moved to 3-0 on home turf.
St. Bonaventure completes non-conference play and now looks ahead to Atlantic 10 action, starting conference games vs. Fordham next Sunday.
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