The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team heads to Pittsburgh Thursday to battle Duquesne in the last road match of the regular season. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
THE OPPONENT: DUQUESNE
The Dukes come into Thursday after suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of UMass this past Sunday. Despite holding a 1-0 lead at the half, two second-half goals from the Minutewomen proved to be the difference. The loss for Duquesne was its first on their new turf surface and ended a streak of eight-consecutive games without a loss on Rooney Field. Alex Saturni recorded the lone score for the Dukes, giving Duquesne a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Duquesne was picked to finish 10th in the 2019 Atlantic 10 women's soccer preseason poll. The Dukes currently sit in 10th place in the conference standings.
The Bonnies are 3-2 in their last five meetings with the Dukes. When Duquesne visited SBU last season, Emily Foltz beat multiple defenders on a rush from midfield, driving a high shot from the center of the box off the far post and into the back of the net for a dramatic 1-0 double overtime victory. The game-winning strike from Foltz earned the Bonnies a rightful win after the hosts dominated for the majority of the contest. Two seasons ago, Bona defeated the Dukes on the road in Pittsburgh, 1-0, beating a strong Duquesne squad that would go on to play in the semifinals of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
The Brown and White fell to George Washington, 2-1, despite a second half comeback effort by the Bonnies this past Sunday. The Colonials struck early when Rachel Sorkenn received a pass from Kelly Amador and sent a shot just out of the keeper's reach for a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. George Washington doubled their lead in the 26th minute off a corner from Sofia Pavon. Madi Coyne completed the set piece with a header into the net for a 2-0 advantage. Despite the Bonnies' first half struggles, they bounced back well after halftime. The Bonnies cut GW's lead in half in the 56th minute when sophomore Kacie Filian netted her fourth goal of the season off a corner kick. Bella May registered an assist on the score.
The Brown and White host George Mason for Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Marra Athletics Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Prior to kickoff, St. Bonaventure will honor its eight seniors – Isabelle LaBarbera, Bella Marra, Sydney Cerza, Bella May, Sabrina Sousa-Sampson, Maddie Mason, Rachel Collins, and Lauren Malcolm.
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