Spartans Fall Short to Bengals In Pursuit of First Home Victory

Spartans Fall Short to Bengals In Pursuit of First Home Victory

Buffalo, NY – For the second time this week, the D'Youville women's soccer team fell to a SUNYAC school at Dobson Field with the women losing to the Buffalo State Bengals by the final score of 2-1.

Buffalo State's high powered offense would put the pressure on D'Youville's defense early on in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) 3 saves in the first 10 minutes of play, but the fourth shot on Dulniak would change the score of the game. A shot in the 10th minute found its way to the back of the net and gave the Bengals a 1-0 early in the game.

The Bengals would continue to put shots on frame, forcing Dulniak to make 2 additional saves in the next 10 minutes of play. In the 21st minute, Buffalo State would double their score after a miscue on the Spartan backline that would lead to a breakaway for the Bengal forward.

In the first half, the Spartans would not record a shot compared to Buff State's 14. The half would end with the Bengals up 2-0 over D'Youville.

D'Youville would come out in the second half and look like a different team. The team would get their first shot of the game off the foot of Nicole LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) in the 51st minute. Mikaylynn Tinnerman (Salamanca, NY/Salamanca) would register the second shot of the game for the Spartans and then Rebecca Alvira (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) would break the zero on the scoreboard.

Alvira took the ball off a deflection that landed right to her feet and made no mistake so close to goal, scoring her first goal of the season and cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Just 2 minutes later, junior Terra Juda (North Tonawanda, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) ripped a shot from 35 yards out that had the Buffalo State keeper beat, but hit the crossbar and went out of play. That shot would be the best opportunity D'Youville would have for the rest of the game, as the Spartans would fall short of the victory, losing by the final score of 2-1.

Mikaylynn Tinnerman led the team in shots and shots on goal, with Juda and Alvira right behind her. Alvira scored her first goal of the season, tying her for second in points on the team this season. Freshman goalie Megan Dulniak would see her most action of the young season, facing 14 shots and making 12 saves.

The team will play their third home game in a row this Saturday, September 19th at 5pm as the team hosts SUNY Canton.