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@BonniesMSoccer Heads to Buffalo for a Shot at the Shield

@BonniesMSoccer Heads to Buffalo for a Shot at the Shield

Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 7:00 p.m.
UB Statium -- Buffalo, N.Y.
Online Coverage: Live Stats 

The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team heads to Buffalo to wrap up Big 4 action. The Bonnies are coming off a 1-0 win over Niagara on Sunday.

The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team defeated Big 4 rival Niagara, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Fields Complex as Jacob Dyck found the back of the net for the lone goal.

In the 35th minute, Niagara controlled the ball in the Bonaventure back line in front of the net. Noel Orozco cleared the ball for Bona deep down the middle, and found Dyck at midfield. Dyck beat his defender, and had a one-on-one breakaway on the Niagara keeper before netting his shot attempt for his second goal of the season. 

The University at Buffalo men's soccer team was handed its first loss of the season, falling to the University of South Florida, 3-0, on Sunday (Sept. 18). The UB offense leads the nation in scoring with 21 goals. Reigning MAC player of the year Russell Cicerone leads UB and the NCAA in scoring with 10 goals and 26 points on the year. The UB defense has allowed just four goals on the year in front of junior goalkeeper Joseph Kuta, who has a 0.50 goals-against average and an NCAA-high six clean sheets.

Saturday's match will decide the 2016 winner of the Big 4 Shield. Developed in 2014 to ratchet up the local rivalries, the Big 4 (St. Bonaventure, Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara) play for the Big 4 Shield with the winner of each game taking its possession. With Wednesday's game marking the final Big 4 contest of the year, the winner will hold it until next fall. Buffalo currently has possession of the shield after defeating Canisius, 1-0, on Aug. 28 and topping Niagara, 3-0, on Sept. 15.

The Big 4 Shield is loosely-based on the Log O' Wood — The Ranfurly Shield awarded to victors in New Zealand's domestic rugby union competition.

Constructed by Dave Barbalato at Tony Martin Awards, the wooden shield is a pretty hefty one, with all four Division I team logos and the number "IV" placed atop the center. It also includes the text:

The holder of this shield has emerged victorious from an All-Western New York men's soccer match, and must defend it with the blue-collar work ethic, fair play and courage on which our region prides itself.

The Bonnies will be back home Saturday for Family Weekend on St. Bonaventure's campus to take on Marist at 5:00 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex. The game will be preceded by a women's soccer game, which beings at 2:00 p.m.

For the latest news on St. Bonaventure athletics, stay connected on social media. Follow the Bonnies on Twitter @Go_Bonnies and get men's soccer updates @BonniesMSoccer. Keep up with the Bonnies on Facebook /GoBonnies and on Instagram @GoBonnies.