By Jeremy Castro
The St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team fell to Canisius with a final score of 2-0 on Friday evening.
The Bonnies were coming off their first loss of the season against Houston Baptist, and were looking to get a good result in their home opener.
Energy levels were high throughout the first half of play, despite neither team having many clear-cut chances. However, both keepers were active early coming for crosses and defending their area.
It was not until the second half where the chances really started to appear for both sides.
Paul Afful was very lively throughout the game, registering six shots, and forcing Canisius’ goalkeeper Marco Trivellato into some strong saves.
Unfortunately for the Bonnies, they did not find the back of the net with any of the ten shots they created and lived to pay for it.
After a few good chances that went just over, Canisius found the back of the net off two of their four total corner kicks.
The first coming around the hour mark, when Alex Grattarola connected with a ball that was sent in, bounced around the box, and finished off.
The Bonnies opened up, trying to find an equalizer to get back into the game, but also exposed themselves to possible counter-attacks.
In one such case, Canisius recovered the ball and flew down the other end, forcing Bonnies’ goalie Luke Iacobellis, who finished with seven saves, into a fantastic save that kept the game 1-0.
However, on the ensuing corner, Canisius scored their second goal when the ball was headed back into the area and Filippo Tamburini finished it off with a header.
The Golden Griffins outshot the Bonnies 14-10, with nine of their fourteen shots being on target.
Bonaventure drops to 2-2-1 and will host the University of Albany on Sunday, Sept. 10.