The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team hosts Valparaiso on Friday. The Bonnies look to get a win at home after a 3-1 loss at Iona on Monday. It is another two-match weekend for Bona as they make the quick turnaround to play at Cornell Sunday.
THE OPPONENT: VALPARAISO
The Crusaders come in 0-3-1 on the season and tied Wright State 2-2 in their last match. Valpo was 5-8-3 last season including a 2-4-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. This year, Valpo was picked seventh in the preseason poll. This comes after losing first-team all-MVC pick and leading scorer Cory Griffith and Kelsey Jahn who earned second-team all-MVC respectively. Midfielder Morgan Metzger returns after earning a spot on the All-freshmen team last season.
THE OPPONENT: CORNELL
The Big Red has won their first two matches, defeating Iona 3-1 in the season-opener Aug. 30 before winning at Siena, 1-0, on Monday. Cornell has already surpassed their win total from a year ago when it went 1-13-1 and scored only eight goals. Cornell returned all but three players from last year's team including All-Ivy defender Abby Adams. The Big Red also are slated to play vs. Bucknell Friday night.
TRYING TO GET BACK ON TRACK
St. Bonaventure looks to get back to their winning ways. Despite losing on Monday at Iona, the Bonnies had previously won two games in a row, a task they were unable to accomplish last year. The Bonnies defeated Youngstown State, 3-1, on Aug. 25, followed by a 1-0 victory over Buffalo last Friday.
HOT START FOR MAY
Senior forward Bella May scored another goal in Monday's match, making it two for her on the season. In just four games she has already matched her career-high for goals (two) that she set during her freshman year. She now has five goals during her Bonnies career. May's four points from her two goals so far this year leads in the Bonnies and is second in the Atlantic 10.
SOLID IN NET
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm recorded a shutout and six saves in the Bonnies last home match against Buffalo. Malcolm is one of just seven Atlantic 10 goalkeepers to record a shutout this season. Malcolm has also recorded 16 saves this season putting her at fifth amongst A10 keepers.
St. Bonaventure travels to Buffalo on Thursday, Sept. 12 to take on Little Three rival Canisius at 7 p.m.
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