(Maddie Mason Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)
By Mike Rodriguez @10mrodriguez
The St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team lost its third consecutive conference game last night, as Duquesne pulled away with a 4-1 victory.
The Dukes struck early with a goal from Katie O’Connor in the 15th minute, followed by a goal by Linnea Faccenda in the 23rd. Duquesne had control offensively throughout the first half, as the Bonnies only had three shots on goal.
Bonnies head coach Steve Brdarski stressed that his team wasn’t on the same energy level as its opponent in the first half.
“I don’t think we matched Duquesne,” Brdarski said, “They had too much time on the ball, and more importantly, they were working off the ball.”
It wasn’t until the second half that the Bonnies began to show life with a goal from freshman defender Maddie Mason in the 50th minute. Despite the Bonnies’ early goal, Duquesne struck back three minutes later with its third goal of the night, coming from Abby Losco. The Dukes continued to hold defensively and tallied on another goal by Casey Aunkst on a penalty kick in the 81st.
Although it was a tough game for Brdarski and his team, he made it clear that losses like those can fire up and motivate a group of players to move on and focus on their next opponent.
“Going into Sunday’s game, what you hope that comes out of this game is that you get pissed off, that you get upset, and that you want to prove something,” Brdarski said. “It all comes down to when you get to the next game and it’s a matter of being able to execute.”
The Bonnies next game will be at home against Fordham this Sunday, where they hope to end their losing streak and get their first win in conference play.