SEASON KICK OFF
Friday marks the first of 20 games on the slate this season for the Bonnies, 10 of which will come at home. The Bonnies are a young squad with 10 freshmen on the team, returning 12 players off last year's roster. Junior midfielder Danielle Vis brings the most returning points, notching 17 last year. Sophomore Jessica Scruggs is the veteran of the forwards, scoring a pair of goals last season. Seniors Jennifer Morris and Mirae Whitaker head up a veteran defensive unit ahead of returning junior goalkeeper Beth Moore who registered a 1.84 goals against average a season ago.
35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Friday's game marks the start of the 35th anniversary of the first season in the history of the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer program.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS
Binghamton has new leadership on the sidelines this season under first year head coach Neel Bhattacharjee. No stranger to the Atlantic 10, Bhattacharjee served for three years on the staff at George Washington before moving on to Syracuse and Boston College where he spent four and three years respectively.
The Bearcats went 3-12-2 last year including a 2-5-1 mark in the America East. Finding offense was often a struggle as Binghamton scored just 10 goals in 17 games with no player notching more than three tallies. Just one player who scored multiple goals last year returns – sophomore forward Julianne Johnston found the net twice last year. Junior goalkeeper Katie Hatziyanis started all 17 games last year and posted a 1.86 GAA with 107 saves, the second-most in program history.
The Bonnies start a stretch against Big 4 rivals, first heading to Buffalo on Thursday night before hosting Canisius and Niagara next weekend.
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