The St. Bonaventure University men's soccer team returns home after two games on the road to host Little Three rival Niagara Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Marra Athletics Complex at 7:00 p.m. The Bonnies then begin Atlantic 10 play, hosting Davidson Saturday, Sept. 18 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies dropped two tightly-contested matches last week, falling to Cleveland State, 3-2, last Tuesday and Bucknell, 2-1, Sunday. In Tuesday's matchup at Cleveland State, Matthew Wrobel and Joshua Pulla each scored as the Bonnies and Vikings traded goals before the hosts scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
The Bonnies once again saw themselves tied, 1-1, in the final 10 minutes of Sunday's contest at Bucknell. Pulla scored the equalizer for the Bonnies on a perfectly placed through ball from Fredrik Hansen just 10 minutes into the second half in the 55th minute. The Bison won a corner kick and curled a cross into the box where Eddie Perez-Pelaez was waiting to head home the winner, giving Bucknell the 2-1 result.
Forwards Pulla and Wrobel have formed a high-scoring combination in the attacking third for the Bonnies this season, combining for six goals and two assists in the teams first four contests. Pulla and Wrobel are tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with three goals each and rank fifth in points with seven each.
Wrobel, a freshman from Mississauga, Ontario, scored in each of his first three collegiate games while Pulla, a junior Vaughan, Ontario native, has netted goals in the Bonnies' last three games.
The Purple Eagles come into Wednesday's contest with a 1-4-0 record with their lone win coming against Binghamton, 2-1, on Sept. 3 while Niagara has fallen to UC Riverside (3-0), Utah Valley (2-1), Syracuse (2-0) and Brown (5-1). Niagara was picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll after finishing last spring with a record of 5-3 overall and 4-2 in MAAC play.
Nuukele Gboe, Gabriel Mikina, Jelldrik Dallman and Rafael Freitas each have one goal on the year for Niagara. In net, Nick Burke and Josh Savani have split time with Burke seeing action in four games and Savani in three. Burke has made 17 saves while allowing nine goals and Savani has stopped 11 shots, giving up four goals.
Davidson enters the week with a 3-1 overall record and are coming off a 2-1 victory over Mercer last Sunday. The Wildcats also have wins over No. 24 High Point (3-1) and Campbell (3-1) with their only loss coming against No. 2 North Carolina, 3-0. Davidson was picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll following a 3-4-2 effort during the 2021 spring season.
Vincent Bennage and Lucas Hauth have three goals each to lead the Wildcats while Nicholas Cavallo and Henry Howell each have registered two assists. Giacomo Piccardo has started all four games in net for Davidson, making nine saves.
The Bonnies are off until they travel to take on No. 4 West Virginia Saturday, Sept. 25 in Morgantown. That game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
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