By Mikael DeSanto
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies were shut out 5-0 by the George Mason Patriots in their conference opener Thursday night.
“We have to be a better team together; we have to be better in the back half,” said Bonnies coach Steve Brdarski.
“We gave up way too many goals today. As a group, we didn’t play anywhere close to being perfect.”
Both teams had chances to open the game, but George Mason started the scoring as junior Sarah Hardison netted a goal in the 13th minute of play. Bonnies senior goalkeeper Christina Sarokon was able to keep the deficit at one while the offense tried to get going. They would find trouble, however, as the George Mason defenders would lock down the Bonnies offense throughout the game. Junior Jennifer Morris and sophomore Danielle Vis were denied on two separate Bona opportunities early.
In the 34th minute, Hardison would add her second goal of the game and give George Mason a 2-0 lead at the half. George Mason would add goals in the 62nd, 71st, and 85th minutes. Sophomore Jenna Hamilton put two in the back of the net, while junior Alex Myers tallied a goal as well.
Throughout the second half, Bonaventure did not lack for chances, adding four shots to the six they compiled in the first half. They put together some solid opportunities, working the outside of the field before driving towards the box, but were stopped by redshirt junior goalkeeper Kirsten Glad, who earned a clean sheet for her efforts. The game was also a particularly physical one, as there were nine fouls between the two teams. Bonaventure freshman Jessica Scruggs was the only player carded, receiving a yellow card late in the second half.
The Bonnies will look to move on from the loss and prepare for their next opponents, the George Washington Colonials.
“We have 48 hours to get things turned around, get the ship right and get ready for the next team,” Brdarski said. “You pick yourself of the ground and you say you got beat by a better team, and you move on and get ready for George Washington.”
The Bonnies’ next home game will be against George Washington on Sunday afternoon, where they will look to improve on their 3-6-2 record.