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Bonnies Host Dayton, Rhode Island For A Pair Of Atlantic 10 Matchups

Bonnies Host Dayton, Rhode Island For A Pair Of Atlantic 10 Matchups

ST. BONAVENTURE (4-3-1, 1-0-0) vs. DAYTON (4-2-4, 0-0-1)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 7:00 p.m.
St.  Bonaventure, N.Y. – Marra Athletics Complex
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Saturday, Oct. 6 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. – Marra Athletics Complex
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The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team is set for a pair of Atlantic 10 home matchups this week. The Bonnies welcome Dayton to the Marra Athletics Complex Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Rhode Island Saturday, Oct. 6, also at 7:00 p.m.

The Bonnies earned a 2-1 victory over UMass on the road in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams last Saturday. After UMass took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, the Bonnies were able to find cracks in the Minutemen defense. An own goal from UMass would tie the game at 1-1 and less than two minutes later in the 28th minute, Isaac Boamah scored his first career goal to give the Bonnies the win.

Senior forward Kosi Nwafornso continues his great run of play into the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 conference schedule. So far this year, if Nwafornso is not scoring the goals, he is creating them. Through eight games this season, Nwafornso has been involved in every Bona goal the team has scored, finding the back of the net five times and adding two assists. Nwafornso sits second in the A-10 in goals (five) and fourth in total points (12).

The Bonnies first five A-10 games presents the Bonnies with a gauntlet of challenging matches. The Bonnies started off Atlantic 10 play by defeating a UMass team that is the reigning Atlantic 10 regular season and Atlantic 10 tournament champions. Dayton, Rhode Island, George Washington and Saint Louis were picked to finish fourth through seventh respectfully in the A-10 preseason poll. After Saturday's game against Rhode Island, the Bonnies travel to George Washington and host Saint Louis.

More than the start of conference play, Wednesday signifies a new era for Bonnies men's soccer and the Atlantic 10. This summer, ESPN and the A-10 reached a multi-year agreement to broadcast all home Olympic sports on ESPN's streaming service, ESPN+. ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International division in partnership with ESPN. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year). Wednesday is the first home game streamed through ESPN+ and the remainder of the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 home schedule will all air live on ESPN+. Check listings from host schools for broadcast information when the Bonnies are on the road. International streaming is also available through the Atlantic 10 by clicking here.

Prior to Saturday's game against Rhode Island St. Bonaventure will honor its nine seniors from this year's roster. Kwame Opoku, Luke Iacobellis, Kosi Nwafornso, Isaiah Wilson, Nikko Richards, Tyler Elliott, Anthony Sileo, Anthony Gaglianese and Remi Dujardin will all be joined by family and friends before the game.

Dayton enters Wednesday's contest with a 4-2-4 overall record and a 0-0-1 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers were picked to finish fourth in the A-10 preseason poll. Dayton started the season 3-0-2 but since have struggled, sporting a record of 1-2-2 in the last five games. The Flyers fought to a 2-2 draw against Saint Louis last Saturday. Jonas Fjeldberg leads the Flyers with three goals and one assist for a team high seven points. In net, Federico Barrios has started every game making 38 saves on the year. He also has a 0.73 goals against average. The Flyers lead the all-time series over the Bonnies, 12-6.

The Rhode Island Rams enter the week with a 6-2 overall record and 0-1 in the A-10. Rhode Island will have a game against Saint Louis Wednesday before traveling to St. Bonaventure. The Rams started the season on a six-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 15-0 in that span. Rhode Island has lost its last two games including a 4-2 loss to No. 25 Fordham in the A-10 opener last Saturday. URI was picked to finish fifth in the A-10 preseason poll this season. Dominik Richter leads the Rams with 11 total points, scoring three goals and a team-leading five assists. Stavros Zarokostas has a team-high four goals and goalkeeper Roger Penske has made 23 saves on the year and has four shutouts.

The Bonnies return to the road as they head to the nation's capital Wednesday, Oct. 10 when they take on George Washington at 7:00 p.m. St. Bonaventure then returns home for a matchup with Saint Louis Saturday, Oct. 13 also, at 7:00 p.m.

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