The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team will make their home debut with a pair of games this weekend. Friday's contest will be against Canisius College and then Sunday the Bonnies host the University of Albany.
WORKING ON OVERTIME
The Bonnies first four games this season have gone in to overtime. This is the first time the men's soccer team has gone to four straight overtime games since overtime records began in 1998. Sunday's loss to Houston Baptist was the first time the Bonnies have lost an overtime contest since Oct. 14, 2015, with their record in that span being 3-0-3. The most overtime contests in one season in program history is six (2003, 2011).
FINALLY AT HOME
The Bonnies return home after a weekend in Texas where they took part in the Texas Rio Grande Valley Invitational, where they went 0-1-1. Friday will be the first time this season the Bonnies will play in front on their home field. SBU will not be on the road again until Sept. 20, when the Bonnies travel to Niagara.
Canisius finished with a record of 9-8-3 last season and 4-3-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Junior midfielder Melvin Blair was named to the Preseason All-MAAC team while Canisius was picked to finish sixth in the conference. Canisius finished fifth in the MAAC last season.
Albany went 13-6-2 last season and 4-2-1 in the America East Conference last season. The Great Danes were picked to finish second in the conference this season, receiving three first place votes. They won the America East Conference Championship last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Albany also received one vote in this week's NCAA Rankings.
The Bonnies have had their share of exciting games this season, including three in a row. St. Bonaventure has erased a deficit in the final minutes of regulation in three of their first four games. The only game Bona has not had to make a comeback was their first game of the year, when they scored the game-winner in overtime against Bucknell. All of the Bonnies goals this season have come in the second half or later.
UTRGV ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Paul Afful and Kieran Toland were both named to the UTRGV All-Tournament team last weekend. Both players accounted for a goal and an assist. The two teamed up in the game Friday against UTRGV to tie the game late. They worked their magic again on Sunday to send the game to overtime against Houston Baptist in the 83'.
AFFUL OFF TO HOT START
Senior midfielder Afful has been on fire to start the season. He has netted three goals and added two assists so far this season. His eight points leads the Bonnies as they look to continue their fast start this season.
The Bonnies will be home again on Saturday Sept. 16, when they face off against Hartwick College at 7:00 p.m.
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