The 2019 season kicks off for the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team with a pair of contests on the road in the Sunshine State. First up is a trip to Miami for the season opener against Florida International. Then, the Brown and White head 35 miles north to take on Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton for the second game of the opening weekend.
THE OPPONENT: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
The Panthers finished last season with an overall record of 7-10 and 5-3 in Conference USA play. FIU fell in the first round of the C-USA Tournament to Marshall, 2-1. The Panthers are led by a group of seven players including two graduate student-athletes. Senior midfielder Andrew Booth is the leading returning scorer with two goals and four assists in 2018. Booth was named to the C-USA Preseason All-Conference team while the Panthers were picked to finish fifth in the eight-team league.
THE OPPONENT: FLORIDA ATLANTIC
FAU finished last season with a record of 2-13 and 1-7 in C-USA play. Jean Paul Rafols is the Owls' leading returning scorer with three goals and one assist in 2018. Sophomore midfielder Coello Camarero was named to the C-USA Preseason All-Conference team after scoring a goal and assisting on four more scores a season ago. FAU was picked to finish in eighth in the Preseason C-USA poll.
SAME COLORS, NEW FACES
The Bonnies graduated nine players in 2018 including forward Kosi Nwafornso, an All-Atlantic 10 selection and leading scoring as well as goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis who registered 13 career shutouts. SBU welcomes 15 newcomers to the 2019 squad that will look to return to the Atlantic 10 Tournament after missing out last season on a tiebreaker. Freshman forward Luca Nicastro netted two goals for the Bonnies in an exhibition game earlier in preseason at the University of Rochester.
Weather has done its part on the weekend by changing game times for both Friday and Sunday. Due to travel conflicts, Sunday's game at FAU has been moved from 12:00 p.m. to a 10:00 a.m. start.
Both Bonnies games will be broadcasted on a paid stream through the Conference USA website. For pricing click here.
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