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Bonnies Host Little Three Rival Niagara Saturday Night

Bonnies Host Little Three Rival Niagara Saturday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE (2-1-1) vs. NIAGARA (2-4)
Saturday, Sept. 15 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. – Marra Athletics Complex
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The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team hosts Little Three rival Niagara Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex. For the Bonnies, it will be their first game in 12 days.

In the Bonnies' last game, they took on Albany on Sept. 3. The Brown and White grabbed the victory, 1-0, over a Great Danes team that was receiving votes in the national Top 25 poll. Kosi Nwafornso found the back of the net in the 85th minute to grab the win. Luke Iacobellis was credited with his third straight shutout, making two saves.

The Bonnies and the Purple Eagles met last season, playing to a 1-1 draw. Kieran Toland scored the lone goal for the Bonnies and Iacobellis made three saves in net. Bona, however, defeated Niagara 1-0 at the Marra Athletics Complex two seasons ago in 2016. Jacob Dyck scored the winner in that game.

Senior goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis ranks in the top 20 nationally in three statistical categories. The Toronto, Ontario native sits 17th in the NCAA and third in the Atlantic 10 in goals against average. In the save percentage category, Iacobellis is 14th in the NCAA and third in the A-10 at .87. Iacobellis has been a shutout machine this year, registering three consecutive shutouts which ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the A-10. His three consecutive shutouts are the programs longest streak with consecutive shutouts dating back to 1999. Iacobellis' 311-minute scoreless streak is also the longest for the Bonnies since last season when Iacobellis held opposing teams scoreless for 277 straight minutes.

As a player, Oduro was a standout for the Niagara Purple Eagles from 2004 to 2006, helping Niagara earn back-to-back MAAC Tournament bids for the first time in the program's history during his junior and senior campaigns. In 2006, Oduro captained the Purple Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history. Niagara placed second in the MAAC standings, the program's highest finish, and ranked fifth in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region. He was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team and also earned team MVP honors.

Niagara enters Saturday's contest with a record of 2-4 on the season. They defeated Hartford 2-1 and beat VMI 3-1 en route to their two victories. The Purple Eagles are led by senior forward Tshuma Mbongeni who has a team-leading two points, tallying a goal and an assist this year. Goalkeeper Steve Casey has made 23 saves in net and has started in all six games. Niagara finished 2-14-2 a season ago and were picked to finish 11th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season.

The Bonnies remain home as they host St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Marra Athletics Complex. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

- By Dylan Nuzzo, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

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