Fresh off a two-week, four-match homestand, the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team heads out on the road this Friday for a matchup against the Buffalo Bulls. It's the Bonnies' first road contest since Aug. 26.
St. Bonaventure is looking to bounce back from a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses this past weekend. On Friday, they fell to Wright State 2-1 in the 100th minute of overtime, and on Sunday, a 1-0 loss to Niagara in the 98th minute.
The Bonnies are on an incredible stretch of overtime games. They have played extra time in each of their last six matches, which includes three ties. Overall, they have played only one match that ended in regulation, a matchup on the road against Kent State where the Golden Flashes narrowly avoided OT by netting a goal in the 88th minute to seal a victory.
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN FOLTZ
Through her first eight games, Emily Foltz is third on the team with 10 shots and fifth with three points. She is the only freshman to have multiple shots and multiple points, and one of only two freshmen--along with Carolyn Brussel--to log more than 400 minutes. The Newfane, N.Y native, who notched 70 career high school goals, has managed to have a consistent impact on a team that consistently starts seven upperclassmen and four seniors.
WHO NEEDS A BREAK?
Goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm has played all 826 available minutes over the team's eight matches--a 103 minute per match average--which ranks highest in NCAA Division I women's soccer, and defender Maddie Mason isn't too far behind her. She's taken one break all season when she subbed out in the 84th minute against UMass-Lowell and checked back in four minutes later.
BEGINNING IN BUFFALO
Two years ago, junior midfielder Sabrina Sousa-Sampson was a freshman just settling into her new life as a Bonnie, and an early-season trip to Buffalo became an unforgettable one. She netted her first career goal on her first career shot, and over the next few years has become a staple in the Bonnies midfield, starting 44 of her 45 career games and collecting 11 total points on four goals and three assists.
The Bulls come in at 5-1 and winners of five straight after dropping their season-opening match against St. Johns on the road. They have outscored opponents 12-1 in their wins, only allowing a goal in a 2-1 win over Canisius. Plus, defenders Emily Kelly and Tess Ford have earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks. Overall, the Bulls hold a 15-13-2 series record against the Bonnies including winning four of the five last matchups. The Bonnies last win against the Bulls came in 2015, a 2-0 shutout of Buffalo at home. Senior midfielder Marley Jarvis played 82 minutes in that game.
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