The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team returns to the road to take on Little Three rival Niagara Tuesday night in Lewiston, N.Y. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bonnies are looking to sweep the Little Three rivalry after defeating Canisius, 3-0, Sept. 17.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies opened Atlantic 10 Conference play, falling 2-0 to VCU last Saturday. Jacob Dyck and Francesco Caorsi had three shots each on the night for the Bonnies. Goalkeeper Trevor Wilson made three saves.
THE OPPONENT: NIAGARA
Niagara enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 1-6. The Purple Eagles' lone win of the season was a 2-1 victory in double overtime against Northern Kentucky back on Sept. 6. Rodrigo Almeida leads Niagara with three goals on the season and six points while Mackenzie Roach has a goal and an assist this season. Josh Savoni and Nick Burke have split time in net with Savoni making three starts and Burke starting four contests. The two have combined to make 31 saves in seven games.
LITTLE THREE RIVALS
St. Bonaventure, Canisius and Niagara make up the Little Three rivalry. Last spring, the Bonnies took home the Little Three Shield at the Marra Athletics Complex, defeating both the Griffs and the Purple Eagles. Head coach Kwame Oduro and assistant coach Ryan Arvin are each connected to the Little Three by more than just coaching the Bonnies. Oduro was a standout player at Niagara, helping the Purple Eagles to back-to-back MAAC Postseason Tournaments. Before coming to St. Bonaventure, Oduro served as the assistant coach at Canisius for four seasons. Arvin spent four years at Canisius as a goalkeeper where he started in 24 contests. He left the program holding three records including his 1.18 career goals against average, his 1.08 single-season goals against average (2013), and his four single-season shutouts tied the program record.
BONNIES VS. NIAGARA
In the all-time series dating back to 2004, the Bonnies lead the Purple Eagles 8-6-1. The Brown and White have won five out of the last seven matchups between the two teams.
The Bonnies remain on the road for their second A-10 contest of the year, Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Bronx to take on Fordham. That game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
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