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Bonnies Women's Soccer Finishes Four-Game Homestand Against Wright State, Niagara

Bonnies Women's Soccer Finishes Four-Game Homestand Against Wright State, Niagara

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. WRIGHT STATE
FRIDAY, Sept. 7 — 7:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex
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ST. BONAVENTURE vs. NIAGARA
Sunday, Sept. 9 — 1:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex
Online Coverage — Live Stats

The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team finishes up a four-game homestand this weekend with a pair of matches between Wright State and Little Three rival Niagara. 
The Bonnies, still looking for their first win of the season, are hoping to get that win in regulation. They have played three straight games that have ended in draws, and have totaled 330 minutes in those matches. 

Overall, five of their six matches have gone into extra time. The only exception, their second match of the year against Kent State that was tied until a clutch Golden Flashes goal in the 88th minute. 

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Mason The Enforcer
The unfortunate reality of soccer stats is that they don't often highlight strong play by defenders. Junior defender Maddie Mason's stat sheet reads two assists, four shots and one shot on goal. While that's excellent for this point in the season, it's far from the whole story. She's played 625 total minutes—only four minutes short of the maximum available— and the most of any non-goalie position player by 44 minutes. Plus, she's a constant presence on the back line with her sliding tackles, quickness and footwork. 

Malcolm's Minutes
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm currently sits third in the NCAA with 629 minutes played over six games in goal, but the two women ahead of her have a bit of an advantage. Missouri State's Kaitlin Maxwell has played in eight games, and Indiana State's Hannah Sullivan has played in seven. 

Foltz's First
It's always nice to net your first career Division I goal, but freshman Emily Foltz couldn't have done it at a better time. With the Bonnies down 2-1 to Canisius, Foltz found the back of the net in the 82nd minute to send the game to OT in Sunday's game. 

Fit To Be Tied 
The Bonnies have started their season on a record pace for draws. With four in their first six games, they currently lead the country in overall draws and sit five back of the all-time record of 9 draws in a season set by William & Mary in 2005 when they went 7-4-9. 

About Wright State
Coming off a 2-0 loss to Indiana State on Sunday, the Raiders sit 0-5-1 to start the season. That start is a bit surprising considering they're coming off a 12-6 season that included a 2OT loss in the Horizon League semifinals. Plus, they returned three of their top four scorers and their goalkeeper. However, their schedule so far has been difficult with matchups against #10 Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. Last season, they beat the Bonnies 3-0 in Dayton. That was the only time the two teams have faced this decade. 

About Niagara
The Purple Eagles are 2-3 after dropping a 3-2 contest to Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Before coming to St. Bonaventure this weekend, they'll look to get back to .500 with a matchup at home against St. Francis. The Bonnies have the edge in the recent series with the Purple Eagles—winning 5 of the last 7 matchups—but Niagara has won two of the last four including a 2-0 shutout in Niagara last year. Last time these two teams met in Olean, Marley Jarvis and Sydney Cerza both found the back of the net in a 4-1 win. 

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