The St. Bonaventure women's soccer team has a pair of matches this week starting with a trip to Little Three rival Canisius on Thursday and a home match against Merrimack on Sunday. The Bonnies are coming off a 1-0 road loss to Cornell on Sunday.
THE OPPONENT: CANISIUS
The Golden Griffins are 2-2 on the season. They are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime win over Valparaiso on Sunday, a team that the Bonnies also defeated 1-0 on Sept. 6. The Griffs are led by sophomore Luca Fahmer with two goals on the season. In the net, Alana Rossi has a 0.94 goals against average and a save percentage of .862, good for fourth in the MAAC.
THE OPPONENT: MERRIMACK
Merrimack is 1-4 in their first season of Division I play after previously competing in Division II. The Warriors are coming off a 3-1 loss at Bryant on Monday. Four players have each contributed a goal for Merrimack including last year's leading scorer Junior Izzy McDonnell who also tabbed third-team all-Northeast 10. Erin Fulton leads the Warriors in goal with a 1.67 goals-against average and .833 save percentage which ranks second in the Northeast Conference.
YOUNG TALENT STEPPING UP
The Bonnies have had great contribution so far from their freshmen. Rachel Hutchison scored in the sixth minute of Friday's game against Valparaiso. The goal ended up being the deciding factor in the 1-0 win. Christine Napoli has also made her way on to the score sheet as she scored in the Bonnies 3-1 win over Youngstown State on Aug. 25. Finally, Kenzie Tarmino has started in all six of the Bonnies matches so far.
The Bonnies have only given up nine goals this season which ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm has contributed majorly to this with a 1.17 goals against average. Junior Alex Thompson and senior Maddie Mason have also helped by starting all six games in back for the Bonnies, along with Tarmino.
Bonnies head coach Steve Brdarski is 2-2-2 all time against Little Three rival Canisius. All six matchups have been decided by two goals or less including four by one goal or less. Last year's match ended in a 2-2 draw in which junior Emily Foltz scored in the 82nd minute to tie the game.
The Bonnies next matchup will be on Sunday, Sept. 22 as they travel to Bronx, N.Y. and open up Atlantic 10 play against Fordham.
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