ST. BONAVENTURE vs. HOUSTON BAPTIST (0-0)
Sunday, Sept. 3 – 4:00 p.m. CST (5:00 p.m. EST)
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The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team made the very long trek to Texas this week to play in the Texas Rio Grande Valley Invitational. St. Bonaventure plays host UTRGV on Friday night and then takes on Houston Baptist on Sunday evening.
The Bonnies enter into the weekend at 2-0 for the first time since 2013. Both UTRGV and Houston Baptist will play their first contests of the season after cancelling last weekend's contests due to Hurricane Harvey. The weekend action will be played in Edinburg, Texas, which sits nearly 350 miles to the southwest of Houston near the Mexico border and avoided the worst of the flooding from Harvey over the past week.
UTRGV went 6-9-3 last season and 4-4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The squad was picked to finish eighth in the 11-team WAC this year. Ten players from last year's team return including All-WAC Second Team selection Frederik Frankman who led the team with three goals in 2016.
ABOUT HOUSTON BAPTIST
The Huskies finished 5-11-1 last season including a 3-7-0 record in the WAC. Fourteen letterwinners return off last year's side. HBU was picked to finish tied for 10th in the 11-team conference and will play Omaha in Friday's match at the UTRGV Invitational.
TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
St. Bonaventure will look to build upon the momentum built from last weekend's tremendous results. The Bonnies won both of their games in thrilling fashion – 1-0 in overtime at Bucknell last Friday and 3-2 at Robert Morris in double overtime on Sunday. With accurate overtime records dating to 1998, it is the first time in that span that the Bonnies have won back-to-back games in OT.
ATLANTIC 10 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Paul Afful took his first career Atlantic 10 athlete of the week honor, being named the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Afful scored the game-winner on Friday, then assisted the game-tying goal on Sunday. Afful is also currently among the candidates for the HERO National Division I Men's Soccer Player of the Week. To vote for Afful, click here.
Junior Remi Dujardin was credited with the game-winner Sunday at Robert Morris after his corner kick caromed off a RMU defender during the second overtime period. It is the first career goal for Dujardin who has started 34 of 39 career matches.
BONSO JOINS THE STARTING XI
Freshman Nicola Bonso immediately made an impact in his first weekend with the Bonnies. The native of Italy started both games and played all 193 minutes in SBU's victories last week. He nearly scored his first career goal as well, placing a shot directly on net that forced the Robert Morris keeper to make an outstanding save during the first half Sunday.
St. Bonaventure hosts its 2017 home opener against Little Three rival Canisius on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Marra Athletics Complex. That match is scheduled to start under the lights at 7 p.m.
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