Men’s soccer: #Bonnies fall to Niagara in OT

By Nate Discavage, @DiscavageSavage

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies dropped their second game of the season, 1-0 against the Niagara Purple Eagles in overtime.

Niagara sophomore, Nicholas Watson (Greenville, S.C.) kicked the game winning goal with 7:18 left in the extra period. The win pushed Niagara to 3-3 while the Bonnies fell to 0-2.

Bonaventure was limited to three shots in the first half before exploding for 10 shots in the second. Freshman Kieran Toland (Renfrewshire, Scotland) led the team with four shots. Garret Pasano (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jimmy Barrios (New Rochelle, N.Y.) both registered two shots against Niagara.

Redshirt senior Jeremy Figler (Grant Island, N.Y.) made four saves for the Bonnies, including two highlight reel, diving saves.

Julian Ekeze (Brockport, N.Y.) led Niagara with four shots. Goalkeeper, Joel Gerberich (Akron, Ohio) made six saves for the Purple Eagles in the shutout. Gerberich made an impressive save when Toland took a free-kick from just outside the goal box in the 75th minute. Andrew Ferguson (Ontario, Canada) registered the assist on the game-winning goal.

The Bonnies look for their first win of the season next Sunday when they travel to New Jersey to face off with the Rider Broncos (2-1-1). The Purple Eagles will return home to host the University of Detroit on Sunday.

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College Sports Madness recognizes four soccer players

By Chuckie Maggio

When it comes to awards and recognition, the St. Bonaventure men’s and women’s soccer teams have been about as underrated as the scarves women’s coach Steve Brdarski wears on the sidelines.

However, the Bonnies received a well-deserved piece of the spotlight earlier this month. A male player and three female players were named to the Atlantic 10 Soccer Preseason All-Conference teams by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

The sole recipient on the men’s team was senior defender Garrett Pasono, who was named to the second team. He is coming off of a fantastic 2013 season in which he started all 19 games, scored three goals and helped anchor a strong defense that allowed just 30 goals all season.

“It’s very humbling to be considered (for the award) and I’m proud to be a representative for the school and team,” Pasono said. “I’m excited for the season to start and am looking forward to seeing the new faces.”

“We have a pretty tough schedule ahead of us but the ultimate goal is to get to the postseason. Anything can happen from there,” he concluded.

On the women’s side, senior midfielder Brittany Charles was named to the first team, while senior forward Molly Curry and senior defender Alicia Elwell were named to the second.

Charles, who started all 19 games in 2013, has molded into an excellent distributor for this Bonnies squad, with 21 career assists. Her 10 assists last year were one shy of the school’s single-season record shared by alums Patty Boyle, Lisa Deil and Trish Quinn. One of every three goals the Bonnies scored last season was set up by Charles.

“(Brittany’s) ability to take players on 1 v. 1 and deliver great passes is very important to our team,” Brdarski said. “She is in the record books and we are hoping for her to continue that this upcoming season. She has the drive to really help our team attack, and we will look to use that.”

Curry also started all 19 games for the Bonnies last year and scored eight goals, good for a tie with Alyssa Lapp for the team lead as well as fifth-most in the Atlantic 10. Three of the eight were game-winning goals against Canisius, VCU and La Salle, adding to her career total of seven game-winners.

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Preview: #Bonnies men take on Duquesne Saturday

By Matt Strauss 

The St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team makes their second trip to Duquesne University this season.  This time they will play their Atlantic 10 travel partner, the Dukes.  It will be each team’s third Atlantic 10 matchup of the season.  Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Bonnies and the Dukes were both in Philadelphia last weekend for games against St. Joseph’s and La Salle.  Both Duquesne and Bonaventure beat St. Joe’s, but lost to the Explorers of La Salle.  Duquesne opened up with La Salle on Friday night, which ended in a 3-1 loss.  They turned it around quickly by beating the Hawks 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.  Duquesne and the Bonnies have two other common opponents: Howard and Incarnate Word.  Both of those schools came to the Duquesne Invitational earlier in the year.  Duquesne won both of those games in 1-0 shutout fashion.  The Bonnies outscored both schools by a combined 7-2 in the same weekend.

Duquesne enters the game with a 6-5 record overall, including a perfect 4-0 record at home this season.  They have scored 13 goals and given up 11 goals through 11 games this year.  Their leading producer is Swedish junior Josh Ellis.  He has started only once this season, and adds valuable depth coming off the bench.  He leads the team in points with seven, coming from three goals and an assist.

However, the strength of Duquesne is at the back.  Although they have given up 11 goals so far this season, they have yet to give up a goal in a win yet this season.  All six Duquesne wins have been shutouts.  In wins this year, the Dukes have outscored their opponents 10-0.  Oppositely, in losses, they have been outscored 11-3.  The key for the Bonnies will be to find their way on to the scoreboard as early as possible to add pressure to the home team.

The Bonnies will see a bit of a change to the lineup on Saturday, as they will be without starting central defender Eric Smolarek, who will be serving a suspension due to a red card he received in the La Salle game last Sunday.  However, they will be hoping for continued production from the regular trio of seniors: Nick Perillo, Brad Vanino, and Emmett O’Connor.  O’Connor is tied for third in the Atlantic 10 in points with 15, and is tied for the team lead in goals with five.  Last weekend, as a team, the Bonnies notched three goals and one assist.  Perillo, Vanino, and O’Connor combined for two of those goals and the lone assist, which gives them a season total of 13 goals and 14 assists.  That translates into 65 percent of the Bonnies total scoring offense this season.

After Saturday’s matchup with Duquesne, the Bonnies will be in action next at home against the St. Louis Billikens on Friday, Oct. 25.  Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

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