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.
Siena out-shot the Bonnies 18-15 and held a 9-1 edge in corners. Sindre Ek led the Saints with five shots and both he and Sean Sullivan each put two on target.
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.