St. Bonaventure Hands Saints Frustrating Loss
Sept. 30, 2012
Brad Vanino's penalty kick score in the 79th minute with St. Bonaventure down a man was the difference as the Bonnies held off Siena 1-0 Sunday afternoon in western New York. With the loss, the Saints concluded non-conference play with a 4-5 overall record.
Siena (4-5) controlled tempo in the second half, out-shooting St. Bonaventure (2-8) 14-5 and held an 8-0 advantage in corners. And when the Bonnies' Garrett Pasono was sent off with a red card in a scoreless game in the 77th minute, things seemed to be in Siena's favor.
But playing down a man, Vanino attempted the game's next three shots over the successive two minutes for St. Bonaventure. After misfiring on the first two, Vanino finally cashed in after the Bonnies were awarded a penalty kick.
Despite falling behind, Siena had the advantage and would get their chances. But the Bonnies' Abel Bautista made eight saves as St. Bonaventure - which had allowed 29 goals in their first nine games - recorded the shutout.
The Saints return home for the start of conference play next weekend with a 3 p.m. kickoff Friday at Siena Turf Field against Saint Peter's.