Herd Women’s Soccer Falls at WKU
Megan Bonelli made four saves to finish the season with 78; the fifth-most in Herd history for a single season
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bonelli made history when she became the sixth Herd goalkeeper ever to make 78 saves in a season, but it was not enough, as the Marshall women’s soccer team concluded its season as it fell to WKU, 2-1, on Friday night at the WKU Soccer Complex.
With the loss, Marshall fell to 5-11-1 (3-6-1 C-USA), while WKU rose to 7-8-1 (4-4-1 C-USA).
Neither side provided much offense in the opening 10 minutes, but that changed quickly. In the 11th WKU’s Bria Mosley took the ball into Marshall’s penalty area and found Hannah Chua, who put a shot in the back of the net to give the Hilltoppers a 1-0 advantage.
Marshall’s attack was suppressed for the next 20 minutes, but the Herd did not go down quietly. Freshman Mary Lawman had a shot blocked at the 31:10 mark and senior McKenna Klodnick had a shot blocked five minutes later.
The Herd waited until the final seconds of the first half to find the equalizer. With just eight seconds remaining junior Ashley Seltzer made a shot attempt, but it rebounded to an open junior Peyton Miller, who then put the ball beyond the goalkeeper to make the score 1-1 at the end of the first half.
Marshall finished the half with a 5-4 shot advantage, 2-1 more saves and 4-0 more corner kicks. WKU had 3-2 more shots on target.
After the second half began, Lawman tried to give the Herd the advantage in the 48th minute, but her chance was saved. WKU sealed the game in the 61st minute after Chua converted a cross to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 lead.
Bonelli made history at the 73:27 mark when she made her fourth save. That save moved her to 78 on the season, which tied her with Kayla Johnson for the fifth-most saves a Marshall goalkeeper has made in a single season.
Sophomore Marah Abu-Tayeh tried to equalize in the 82nd minute, but her shot was saved. The 2-1 score held and concluded Marshall’s season.
WKU out-shot Marshall, 10-9, while it also had 6-4 more shots on target. Bonelli finished the game with four saves.