The St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team is slated to be on the road at Youngstown State on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 5:00 p.m. and then return home for a matchup against Niagara at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12.
BACK TO WORK
The Bonnies are looking to get back in the win column after a double overtime draw with Eastern Michigan and 3-0 loss to Valparaiso this past weekend. Prior to the weekend road trip, the Bonnies tallied two wins where they were able to put a lot of pressure on their opponents with many shots and scoring chances. Bona's is looking to return to this style of play in their upcoming games. The Bonnies outshot Robert Morris, 17-6, and were narrowly outshot by Merrimack, 13-11.
PROTECTING THE NET
Freshman goalkeeper Chiara Gottinger has had a strong start to her collegiate career. Gottinger is coming off a week where she was the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week. The Austria native was able to set a career-high in saves with 10 at Eastern Michigan, and then proceeded to set new career-high the next game at Valpo with 11 saves. Through six games played, Gottinger ranks first in Atlantic 10 with 43 saves and a save percentage of .860.
ABOUT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
The Penguins (0-5) enter Thursday's contest coming off a 2-1 loss at Duquesne. Youngstown State is led in points by junior midfielder Maddie Root, who on the season has one goal, one assist, and five shots attempted. Senior goalkeeper Zeeyana Jivraj 32 saves on the season with a save percentage of .744. Youngstown State was picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League preseason poll. The Bonnies beat the Penguins, 3-1, in their last matchup on the road in 2019 while also earning a 6-0 win over Youngstown State in 2016.
The Purple Eagles (3-1) are coming off a 3-0 win against Cleveland State and are slated to take on Duquesne on Thursday, Sept. 9. Junior forward Florence Vaillancourt leads the team with 14 points, including five goals, four assists, and 10 shots on goal. In net, Niagara junior goalkeeper Clara Bornet has played in three games and has six saves on the season, while freshman goalkeeper Felecia Grufman has played in three games and has nine saves on the season. In their last matchup in 2018 the Bonnies lost 1-0 in overtime at home against the Purple Eagles.
The Bonnies are scheduled to begin Atlantic 10 play at Richmond on Sunday, Sept. 19. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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