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Bonnies prepare for tough A-10 tests against La Salle, Fordham

Bonnies prepare for tough A-10 tests against La Salle, Fordham

ST. BONAVENTURE (0-9-4) vs. La Salle (6-4-1)
Thursday, Oct. 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
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ST. BONAVENTURE (0-9-4) vs. Fordham (7-5-0)
Sunday, Oct. 7 – 1:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex
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The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team has a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference matchups this week, visiting La Salle on Thursday and hosting Fordham on Sunday. After falling to UMass and George Washington last week, the Bonnies are hoping to notch their first win in conference play.

Junior attack Sydney Cerza scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season on Sunday, which also set a new career high surpassing her freshman year total of three. She has converted 22 percent of her shots into goals and 50 percent of her shots on goal—both career highs. Also, her 10 total points lead all Bonnies' scorers and put her into a tie for ninth in the A-10.

Mired in the difficulty of A-10 play, Bonnies' goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm is putting up one of the best stretches of her career. On Thursday, she collected 10 saves against UMass and on Sunday, tied her season high with 11 saves vs. George Washington. It's the first time in her three-year career as a starter she's had double-digit saves in back-to-back matches. Overall, she has 90 saves on the season, which leads all A-10 goalies, and is second in the nation. Only Chioma Eriken of Southern (94) has more saves. 

The Bonnies have relied on depth all season long. On average, 19 players suit up per match, while their opponents play only 17. This season, there have been only two instances of opponents subbing in more players than the Bonnies: Richmond and Wright State.

La Salle comes in 6-4-1 and losers of three straight A-10 matches. Last week, they fell, 3-1, to UMass on Sunday and Duquesne, 3-2 on Thursday. At the start of the season, the Explorers were predicted to finish second in the conference behind Saint Louis. Offensively, they're led by Madison Bower who has six goals on 28 shots. In net, Claudia Jenkins has played all 1040 minutes and holds a 1.12 goals against average and 80.6 save percentage last season. Last season, La Salle defeated VCU, 1-0, to win the A-10 women's soccer tournament before they fell, 3-1, to Rutgers in the NCAA tournament. 

Fordham is 7-5 on the season, but an impressive 4-0 to start A-10 play. They started off the season 1-5 with their only win coming over Lehigh, 1-0, in early September, but since a 1-0 overtime loss to Yale on September 6th, have won six straight matches and outscored opponents 14-1. During their win streak, Margaret Roughley has scored a team-high three goals and goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte lowered her season GAA from 1.47 to 0.81.

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.


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