By Matt Strauss
The St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team welcomed the George Washington Colonials to McGraw-Jennings Field on Friday afternoon. In a hard fought, defensive battle, the Bonnies came away with a 1-0 victory, their first conference win of the 2013 season.
The breakthrough came in the 27th minute as senior defender Taylor Broderick headed home Brittany Charles’ corner kick. The corner was one of only three for the Bonnies all game, who were consistently good in the air in the middle of the field and in both boxes.
The Bonnies garnered the majority of the scoring chances in the first half, but George Washington’s lone shot on goal in the first half required a stellar stop by goalie Megan Junker. Bonaventure tallied six shots in the first half, one a rip from defender Stephanie Jenkins from outside the box, but George Washington’s Nicole Ulrick was there for the stop.
The second half was a different story. While the Colonials had more scoring chances, the Bonnies still dominated play and possession through the middle of the field. Kate Elson and Lina Proska each had great strikes for George Washington early in the second half. Elson hit the post from about 20 yards out, while Junker made another great save on Proska’s shot from the left side of the box.
In the last 15 minutes, the Bonnies increased their pressure on the ball in the middle of the field and in their attacking third, heckling the Colonial back line. George Washington only had one serious scoring chance late in the game. With about seven minutes to play, Kristi Abbate took the ball to the end line and then played a drawn ball dangerously across the face of goal, but no Colonial player was there to put it away and Stephanie Jenkins safely played the ball out of bounds.
The game got a bit aggressive late on, and the Bonnies proceeded to pick up three yellow cards in the last seven minutes, one coming due to a delay of game call.
The Bonnies are next in action at home on Sunday as they host Virginia Commonwealth University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at McGraw-Jennings Field.