The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team has a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference matchups this week, visiting UMass on Thursday and hosting George Washington on Sunday. After falling to VCU and Richmond last week, the Bonnies are hoping to notch their first win in conference play.
COLLINS AND MAY RETURN
During Thursday's match against VCU, both Bella May and Rachel Collins returned to action after missing multiple matches due to injuries. May who played 19 games last year and scored one goal, exited the season opener against Binghamton after 44 minutes. Collins, who earned a spot on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll after playing 829 minutes in her impressive freshman campaign last season, had yet to make her 2018 debut. Both earned starts in Sunday's match at Richmond and May assisted on the Bonnies only goal.
THAT'S A LOT OF MINUTES
Seven of the Bonnies' 11 matches have gone into overtime. That's already more than their previous single-season record of five, which occurred both in 1998 and 1999. As a result, the Bonnies minutes-per-game average is eye-popping. They've played 1096:04 minutes, an average of nearly 100 minutes per match, the most in the country.
CAREER HIGH FOR SOUSA-SAMPSON
Junior midfielder Sabrina Sousa-Sampson scored her third goal of the season on Sunday, which set a new season high passing her 2016 mark of two. It also tied her season-high points total of six set in 2016. More impressively, Sousa-Sampson has scored her goal on just 11 shots, 12 less than it took her to reach two goals in 2016.
The Minutewomen come into Thursday's match 7-2 and winners of six straight. They're coming off a week in which they took down Rhode Island, 1-0, on the road and Duquesne, 2-0, in their A-10 opener at home. UMass got the better of the Bonnies last year at the Marra Athletics Complex in a 3-0 victory, the Bonnies and Minutewomen's first matchup since 2014 season when UMass won 2-0. The Bonnies' last victory against UMass came in 2012, a 1-0 double-overtime win at St.Bonaventure. This year, the Minutewomen are led by Rebecca Frisk and Lauren Bonavita, who both have six goals over their nine matches.
ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Colonials are 5-4-1 and split their A-10 opening matchups last week against Rhode Island and Fordham. GW beat Rhode Island, 4-0, at home on Thursday before falling to Fordham, 4-0, on the road. Before arriving at St. Bonaventure, George Washington has a matchup against George Mason at home on Thursday. Last year, the Colonials took down the Bonnies 2-0 at George Washington. This year, the Colonials are led by Anna Tapen in net who has posted a 82 save percentage and 1.23 goals against average over 876 minutes.
BONNIES JOIN ESPN+
This summer, ESPN and the A-10 reached a multi-year agreement to broadcast all home Olympic sports on ESPN's streaming service, ESPN+. ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International division in partnership with ESPN. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year). The remainder of the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 home schedule will all air live on ESPN+. Check listings from host schools for broadcast information when the Bonnies are on the road.