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@BonniesMSoccer Slated for Big 4 Rivalry Weekend with Games Friday, Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE (0-4-1) @ CANISIUS (2-4-0)
Friday, Sept. 16 – 7:00 p.m.
Demske Sports Complex -- Buffalo, N.Y.
Online Coverage: Live Video (ESPN 3) | Live Stats 

Sunday, Sept. 18 -- 3:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex -- St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Online Coverage: Live Video ($$) | Live Stats  

The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team will compete in a pair of games this weekend against Big 4 rivals, starting with a match at Canisius on Friday and a home game against Niagara on Sunday.

The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team lost to Robert Morris last Sunday afternoon, 1-0. The Colonials came out on top due to an own goal by the Bonnies 53 minutes into the game.

SBU ended up outshooting RMU in the game, 16-13, with shots from Kyle KlecknerNoel OrozcoPaul AffulKieran TolandKosi Nwafornso and Isaiah Wilson. Sophomore goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis made nine saves on the day. 

The Golden Griffins welcome the Bonnies with a 2-4 record. In their most recent game on Sept. 11, Canisius lost to Duquesne in the last game of the Duquesne Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa. in overtime. The Griffs captured a win in the first game of the invitational over common foe Bucknell (Sept. 9), 2-1. The Golden Griffs saw junior Mathew Santos, and seniors Francesco Strangio and Thomas Teupen named to the All-Tournament Team.

Four separate players have scored one goal apiece. Goalkeeper Marco Trivellato has made 21 saves on the year and is credited with a shutout in the team's 1-0 win over Incarnate World (Sept. 2).

All of the Girffs' games this season have been decided by just one goal, and Canisius is 1-2 in home games so far this season. 

The Niagara Purple Eagles were projected to finish last in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Purple Eagles have come out on top in their last two meetings with the Bonnies, with the last Bona win over Niagara coming on Sept. 1, 2013 by a score of 3-1. Niagara returns its second highest scorer, Sergio Lujan, who scored three goals in 2015. The meeting with St. Bonaventure will be Niagara's final non-conference match.

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