@BonniesMSoccer To Face Rivals In Weekend Matches

@BonniesMSoccer To Face Rivals In Weekend Matches

THE DETAILS

Friday, Sept. 18 at Niagara (0-6-0) – 7 p.m.

Friday's Online Coverage – Live Stats  |  Live Video

Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. Canisius (2-3-1) – 1 p.m.

Marra Athletic Fields Complex (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.)

Sunday's Online Coverage – Live Stats

 

The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team heads north to face Niagara on Friday night in the first of a pair of weekend rivalry matches. Head coach Kwame Oduro's club then hosts Canisius at the Marra Athletic Fields Complex on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Oduro spent the past four years as an assistant with Canisius, helping the Golden Griffs to set a school record for wins in 2014. Bonnies assistant coach Ryan Arvin also spent four years as a goalkeeper at Canisius.

 

LAST TIME OUT

The Bonnies found the net on a late second half goal from Kosi Nwafornso, but could not overcome a two-goal deficit and fell, 2-1, vs. Detroit at Western Michigan last Sunday. Nwafornso placed two shots on net while Mitch Skrabacz had a third Bonaventure shot on goal. Bobby Diaz made six saves for SBU.
 

SCOUTING THE BONNIES

  • Nwafornso's goal vs. Detroit came with the Bonnies playing a man down. SBU received a red card in the 67th minute. For the freshman Nwafornso, it was his first career goal.
  • Diaz has made six or more saves in four of five matches played this season.
  • Nwafornso and redshirt sophomore Bonaventure Akinlosotu were named to the Radisson Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend.
  • Kieran Toland's 10 shots on the season lead the Bonnies. Nwafornso is second with eight.
  • Friday's match ends a five-match string of road contests for SBU. The Bonnies have not played at home since Aug. 31.

SCOUTING NIAGARA

  • The Purple Eagles seek their first win of the season on Friday night. Niagara has suffered a pair of heartbreakers in extra time – a 2-1 double overtime loss at Michigan on Sept. 6 and 3-2 in overtime at NJIT on Sept. 11.
  • Freshman forward Alex Dimitriu is the lone Niagara player with multiple goals on the year, two. Sophomore goalkeeper Joel Gerbierich has seen the lion's share of time net with a 2.09 goals against average in six games.
  • Niagara and SBU have one like opponent this year – NJIT. The Bonnies defeated the Highlanders, 2-1, at home in the season-opener while Niagara fell at NJIT in overtime.

SCOUTING CANISIUS
  •  The Golden Griffins have been idle since a 2-1 win at UMass Lowell last Sunday.
  •  Canisius matched or set 11 school records and gave up just 16 goals in 2014.
  •  Canisius has been outscored 9-6 on the year and has gone 1-3-1 on the road.
  •  Senior midfielder Chris Berardi has been the Griff's top scoring threat with a team-high three goals on the year.