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By Hayden Robinson
The St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team (4-7-1) lost 1–0 at home against Dayton (4-6-2) on Thursday night.
The Dayton goal came when a header from Alexis Goins found the net in the 16th minute.
This goal would be all Dayton needed, as neither team was able to score for the rest of the game.
Bonnies midfielder Amber Achladis found a shot on goal in the 39th minute, but was saved by Dayton goalkeeper Carly Becker.
Dayton generated many more opportunities than the Bonnies. Dayton would see a total of six shots on goal throughout the game, while St. Bonaventure only had one.
One penalty card was pulled during the game. SBU’s Kacie Fillian drew a yellow card in the 38th minute.
This game would go down to the wire at the end of the second half.
In the last minute of the game, the Bonnies had a golden opportunity with a corner kick by forward Bella May. However, the shot was blocked, leaving time expired.
Head coach Steve Brdarski spoke after the game about the team’s loss.
“The first twenty minutes of the game, we just didn’t have enough energy and not enough pressure,” Brdarski said. “At the end of the day, the coaching staff didn’t do a good enough job getting ourselves prepared for the first twenty minutes of the game and in the end it comes down to that one play right there.”
The Bonnies will look to improve their record on Sunday when they play at Saint Louis University.
“We have probably the toughest 72 hours we could have,” Brdarski said. “They’re the number one team in the conference right now. Playing them on the road doesn’t do us any justice and that’s going to be a tough game.”
Brdarski also talked briefly about the week-long break the Bonnies have between their Sunday game against St. Louis and their game against Richmond.
“We need the week,” he said. “We’ve been losing a lot of close games. Last Sunday, we were in North Carolina and then came home to play, and now we’re getting ready to jump on the road again to Saint Louis. That’s going to do its damage on us.”
Brdarski said that injuries over the last three games has affected his team.
“What we need is a week to recover and be able to be ready for our next game,” he said.