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@BonniesMSoccer Features Young Defense and Goalkeepers

@BonniesMSoccer Features Young Defense and Goalkeepers

Season Preview

Bonnies Defenders:
4 Matthew Lane- Senior
21 Bonaventure Akinlosotu- R-Junior
3 Jaskamal Singh- Junior
17 Peter Routsis- R-Sophomore
19 Anthony Sileo- Sophomore
23 Anthony Gaglianese- Sophomore
13 Jon-Michael Perkins- Freshman
22 Nicholas Mazzola- Freshman
25 Kyle Dutch- Freshman
26 Aidan Conaghan- Freshman

Bonnies Goalkeepers:
1 Luke Iacobellis- Sophomore
0 Alex Olday- R-Freshman
24 Kyle Cunningham- Freshman
28 Joseph Sanchez-Castro- Freshman

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team will field a young defensive line and group of goalkeepers for the 2016 season.

Returning to the Bonnies' defense is one senior, Matthew Lane, who enters his second year with the program. In 2015, he started eight games and appeared in 11 total.

Two other upperclassmen join Lane on the defense: Redshirt junior Bonaventure Akinlosotu and junior Jaskamal Singh. Akinlosotu made nine starts in 12 appearances and recorded five shots, all of which coming in conference games. Singh, a native of Wolverhampton, West Midland, England, saw nine starts in 13 appearances.

Returning as a redshirt sophomore is Peter Routsis, who recorded three shots in 14 games during his first season with the Bonnies.

Anthony Sileo and Anthony Gaglianese both return for their second seasons with the Brown and White as true sophomores. Sileo appearance in 16 games and started 15, while Gaglianese made 11 starts in 16 appearances while scoring a goal on a free kick in 2015.

Four true freshmen round out the seven underclassmen on the Bonnies' defensive line.

Jon-Michael Perkins is set to make an immediate impact at right back for the Bonnies in his first campaign. "He has also assimilated well to the college game," said head coach Kwame Oduro. "His pace will be a big problem for opponents."

Perkins, a native of Bowmanville, Ontario, played for FC Durham and captured the 2013 Robbie Cup Championship and CSL League Title.

From Avon, Ohio, Nicholas Mazzola is going to join Perkins in the back line as a left back in his first season donning the Brown and White. He played five years for Team Challenger F.C. where he captured the State Cup title in 2014. He also earned three State Cup titles while playing for the Cleveland Internationals S.C. 

Oduro is comfortable with the pair of Mazzola and Gaglianese, both left-footed left backs.

Kyle Dutch enters his freshman season most recently playing for EPYSA ODP and 1776 United. The Lester, Pa. native was named Delaware County Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons, and he was two-time All-America Watchlist member.
Aiden Conaghan played for Manalapan Celtic for 10 years and reached the 2012 State Cup finals, along with the 2014 and 2015 State Cup quarterfinals. He captioned his Christian Brothers Academy high school team to a 19-4-1 record and a sectional title his senior year.

At goalkeeper, three Bonnies are set to make their debuts in net this season with one goalkeeper returning. Coach Oduro is confident in all four of his keepers, and would feel comfortable playing any one of them.

Luke Iacobellis is the lone keeper with experience for the Bonnies. In 2015, he made five starts in eight appearances during his freshman year. He is credited with one of the two Bona wins in 2015, as he played all 90 minutes between the pipes in the Bonnies' Oct. 21 2-1 win over George Washington. 

Alex Olday redshirted in 2015. The Hamburg, N.Y. native spent seven years as a member of Buffalo United/Empire Revolution, capturing State Cup championships in 2012 and 2013. He spent his final two years of high school as a member of USSDA Empire Revolution, recording 10 shutouts in 2013-14.

A native of Clarence, N.Y., Kyle Cunningham joins the Bonnies for his freshman year. He led Clarence High School to a 12-4-2 record his senior season, in which he posted a 0.6 goals against average. "He has shown us he is also ready to compete for the starting spot," said coach Oduro.

The second freshman rounding out the Bonnies' goalkeepers is Joseph Sanchez-Castro. He led his St. Benedicts Prep school team to a 35-1 combined record during his junior and senior seasons, winning two national and state titles. "Joseph has all the tools to be a good goalkeeper, and with proper player development, we know he can be a solid keeper," said Oduro. 

The Bonnies will open up their season at Hartwick on Friday, Aug. 26. The first game at Marra Athletics Complex will be Sunday, Aug. 28 vs. Bucknell at 1 p.m.

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