Iona’s mid-fielder Ansger Otto showed his speed and skills by beating the Bulls defense within the first five minutes of the game to score a beautiful, well placed shot past Bulls goal keeper Eric Ossald.
After losing a tough game at home to South Carolina on Thursday night, Bulls defense looked tired out of the gates and played without any intensity during first-half action. Iona took full advantage of the Bulls’ lack luster half by control the ball throughout the mid-field and on the sidelines.
However, at the start of the second-half, the Bulls matched the intensity of their counter parts, and took control of the match. Bulls senior co-captain Leston Paul returned the early favor by scoring out of a triangle attack just five minutes into the second-half.
A few minutes later, Paul, showing senior leadership, assisted on a well-developed play down the right sideline where he beat his defender and crossed it to his senior co-captain teammate, Sebastien Thuriere. Thuriere's first goal of the year gave the Bulls the 2-1 lead.
The Bulls kept the pressure on the Gaels throughout the second half by controlling the ball through the mid-field and creating more chances in front of the goal, but failed to capitalize on many of them.
The game started to get a little more physical towards the end, resulting in players from both teams receiving yellow cars. The more severe was Iona’s head coach Fernando Barboto who received a red-card mid way through the second-half.
The Bulls next game is on the road against Butler in Akron, Ohio, on Friday at 4:30 p.m.