The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team hosts Dayton Thursday night in the first of two A-10 matchups this week. The Bonnies will then head to Saint Louis Sunday to do battle with the first place Billikens.
THE OPPONENT: DAYTON
The Flyers come into Thursday after suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of defending A-10 champion Saint Louis this past weekend. Though the Flyers were able to strike first with freshman Audrey Steiert scoring her first career goal, Saint Louis piled on four goals to remain unbeaten at home this year. In the last meeting between the Bonnies and the Flyers, the Brown and White fell 3-0 in the last home contest of the 2016 season. Dayton was ranked sixth in the 2019 Atlantic 10 women's soccer preseason poll.
THE OPPONENT: SAINT LOUIS
The Billikens were able to find the back of the net four times in their victory over Dayton on Sunday. Junior forward Annabelle Copeland scored the tying and go-ahead goals for the first multi-goal game of her career. Hannah Friedrich and Courtney Reimer also tallied a goal apiece for SLU, and Alyssa Seitzer recorded two assists. The Billikens extended their winning streak to four and their unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1). Saint Louis was picked to repeat as conference champions in the 2019 Atlantic 10 women's soccer preseason poll.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies weathered attacks from Davidson, coming away with its first point in Atlantic 10 competition following a scoreless draw through two overtimes Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats controlled much of regulation, recording 19 shots during the first 90 minutes, but the Bonnies defense was able to hold strong and keep the hosts off the board. In overtime, Bona turned the tables a bit by holding possession for the majority of the opening minutes of extra time, but could not solve the riddle of the Wildcats defense. With seven minutes left in the second overtime, Davidson appeared to have a great chance for the winner following a low cross directly in front where Hailey Braemer fired a shot at keeper Lauren Malcolm who was able to deny the effort and save the game.
MALCOLM CONTINUES TO MAKE HISTORY
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm finished last weekend's match against Davidson with 11 saves on the day as part of a stellar effort for her third shutout of the season and 11th of her career. With Sunday's game, Malcolm ties Karen Cunningham (1998-2001) for fourth all-time in Bonnies career shutouts. She also finished the afternoon with 433 career saves, passing Margaret Reif (1994-97, 426 saves) for third all-time in program history. The senior boasts a 0.98 goals against average overall this season, and an even more impressive 0.62 GAA in conference play.
St. Bonaventure's defense has been outstanding thus far in conference play. Through the first three games of the A-10 slate, SBU has surrendered only two goals – and one of those was a penalty kick goal in the conference opener at Fordham. Only Davidson (0) and Richmond (1) have allowed fewer goals to A-10 opponents.
The Brown and White's next matchup will be on Sunday, Oct. 13 when they host Richmond. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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