The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team hosts Saint Joseph's on Thursday for the A-10 home opener. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex.
THE OPPONENT: SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks come into Thursday after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Davidson in their conference opener this past weekend. An early goal in the eighth minute proved to be the difference as St. Joe's was unable to capitalize on a scoring opportunity in the final moments of the match. Junior Sofia Filippo watched her shot ricochet off the crossbar with just 30 seconds to go. Five seconds later, junior Kasia Kwitnieski had her shot blocked as Davidson held on for the win. In the last meeting between the Bonnies and the Hawks, an early goal sent SBU home with a 1-0 loss to finish out the regular season last year.
NEW FACES MAKING AN IMPACT
The Bonnies' freshman class has played a significant role for the team so far this season. Rachel Hutchison scored her first career goal, a game-winner, in a 1-0 victory against Valparaiso on Sept. 6. Christine Napoli also tallied the first goal of her career in the Bonnies 3-1 win over Youngstown State on Aug. 25. Finally, Kenzie Tarmino has started in all nine of the Bonnies matches so far and has recorded two assists on the season.
MALCOLM CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARDS
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm currently sits in second place on the 2019 Atlantic 10 season saves list with 45 saves and a .818 save percentage. Malcolm is battling senior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus from Saint Louis for the top spot. Niehaus has recorded 28 saves and boasts a .903 save percentage for the Billikens. Malcolm also occupies the third slot on the average goals against A-10 leaderboard, allowing just 1.11 goals per game so far.
LAST TIME OUT
A penalty kick goal with less than six minutes to play proved to be the difference as the Bonnies dropped the Atlantic 10 opener at Fordham Sunday, 1-0. Solid scoring opportunities were at a minimum through the first 84 minutes of play before Fordham was awarded a corner kick in the 85th minute. The Bonnies appeared to have cleared the ball from trouble, but a handball in the box was called which allowed the Rams a penalty kick opportunity. St. Bonaventure could not muster much offensive traction on the day, being outshot 10-3. Malcolm turned away five shots with only the PK as a blemish on her stat line.
The Brown and White will visit Davidson Sunday, Sept. 29 to battle the Wildcats. That contest is set for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.
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