PITTSBURGH – Despite a strong second half, the Bonnies were unable to overcome a four-score deficit as Duquesne grabbed a 4-2 victory over the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team Thursday evening.
Just over nine minutes into play, the Dukes (6-7-2, 4-5 A-10) struck first on a one-touch goal from Deena DeBaldo off a cross into the box from Hannah Nguyen.
Duquesne doubled its lead in the 17th minute when DeBaldo fired a shot from 20 yards out that was saved by the keeper but rebounded in front of the net with Jaimi Araujo waiting to bury it for the 2-0 advantage.
The Bonnies (6-10-1, 2-6-1) created several opportunities to answer before the end of the half, firing a total of eight shots, two of which were placed on goal but stopped by the Dukes keeper.
Three and a half minutes after the break, Duquesne added to its lead as Nguyen was able to slide a shot past the keeper to make it a 3-0 score.
In the 60th minute, Alex Saturni finished a give-and-go with Brooke Schutter in front of the net to create a 4-0 Dukes lead.
St. Bonaventure continued to battle in the late minutes, though, and made things interesting down the stretch.
Seven minutes later, Isabelle LaBarbera had her first attempt saved off a set piece from May but was able to find the net off the rebound to cut the Dukes' lead in half.
In the 85th minute, Bona appeared to have scored their third goal of the night off a corner from May, but the play was immediately waived off as a foul in the box was levied against the Bonnies.
Bella Marra's five shots led a Bonnies offense that found a rhythm in the second half and finished with 16 shots. May tallied a pair of assists.
It was a rare off night for the Bonnies defense that had only allowed 18 goals on the season coming into Thursday's match. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm was consistently peppered with shots from the Dukes offense that finished with a total of 20 on the night. Malcolm finished with six saves in net for SBU.
The Brown and White returns home Sunday, Oct. 27 for its final regular season match against George Mason. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start, St. Bonaventure will honor its eight seniors – Isabelle LaBarbera, Bella Marra, Sydney Cerza, Bella May, Sabrina Sousa-Sampson, Maddie Mason, Rachel Collins, and Lauren Malcolm.
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