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Annie Ibey nets winner as Purple Eagles defeat Bonnies in overtime

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- Freshman forward Annie Ibey was the hero as the Purple Eagles defeated Little 3 rival St. Bonaventure, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday.
 
SYNPOSIS 
The Purple Eagles dominated possession in a game that featured few scoring chances. Niagara controlled the first half, but the Bonnies had a short spell of possession in the second half which nearly saw the host score. The Purple Eagles switched their tactics in overtime which set up the game-winning goal in the 98th minute.
 
MOMENTS

  • Kelsey Araujo, who finished with a game-high five shots, had a pair of close efforts in the 15th and 16th minutes.
  • Selena Mangoni ripped a shot inside of the box that went over the crossbar as time expired in the first half.
  • St. Bonaventure's Sydney Cerza close range effort smashed off the crossbar in the 67thminute.
  • In the 76th minute, the Purple Eagles had a free kick. Ashley LoFranco was on the end of it, but her shot skipped wide of the far post.
  • In overtime, Hailey Bicknell's free kick just outside of the box sailed over the cross bar in the 93rd minute.
  • In the 95th minute, Mangoni cleared on a shot off the line on a SBU corner kick.
  • Niagara scored the winner three minutes later. The Purple Eagles pressed the Bona backline which forced a turnover. Araujo slipped a pass to Annie Ibey inside the box and the freshman beat the keeper with a shot far post.
 
EAGLES'S EYE ON…

 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Niagara improves to 2-0-0 in overtime this season. The last time Niagara has won two overtime games was in 2012.
  • The Purple Eagles conclude non-conference play with a 4-3-0 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the second straight season.
  • Niagara won its first game on the road this season.
  • Niagara has three shutouts on the season, including the last two games.
 
COACH'S CORNER

  • "This was a great win today! To go on the road and beat a rival is always a great result. At times today we dominated, but just couldn't capitalize. I was really happy to see how we remained focus in overtime and found a way to win it." – head coach Peter Veltri
 
UP NEXT

  • The Purple Eagles start MAAC play at Iona on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m.