Soccer Closes Non-Conference Play On Friday Night At St. Bonaventure

Adrianna VanCuyck

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (1-4-1, 0-0-0 MAC) will close out their non-conference slate on Friday night as they travel to Olean, NY to take on Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure (0-6-1, 0-0-0 A10). The two teams will collide at 7:00 pm at the Marra Athletics Complex.

The Bulls are coming off of a disappointing weekend despite playing some of their best soccer of the season as they went 0-1-1. UB fell 2-1 in overtime on Friday night to Cornell before battling Fairleigh Dickinson to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium. After battling back from the 1-0 halftime deficit on Friday to tie the game, 1-1, UB allowed the Big Red to score the game-winner just two minutes into overtime. On Sunday, UB dominated most of the match as they raced out to a 2-0 lead but allowed the Knights to net two second half goals in the draw.

The Buffalo attack is being led once again by junior forward Carissima Cutrona who has netted a team-high three goals and assist for seven points this season. Cutrona has now netted 17 career goals, 15th in program history, and 39 career points, 19th in program history. Sophomore midfielder Kara Daly has also turned into a threat for the Bulls as she leads the team with three assists and a goal for five points on the year. The speedy midfielder has notched an assist in three straight matches for the first time in her UB career. Senior captain Julia Benati has been dangerous all season long as she has notched 13 shots to go along with a goal and assist.

Defensively, the Bulls are being anchored by a pair of sophomores at center back as Gurjeena Jandu and Adrianna VanCuyck have played big minutes for UB. Jandu has turned into one of the best defensive players in the conference and netted her first career goal in the 2-2 draw against Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday. VanCuyck has started four matches in the middle after missing two games due to injury earlier this season. Marcy Barberic and Rebecca Bramble have shown flashes of great play as outside backs and will continue to grow as the season goes on and they begin to feel more comfortable.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies enter Friday night's match with a 0-6-1 overall record after falling 1-0 at Canisius on Sunday and earning a 0-0 draw against UMass Lowell on Thursday night at home. The Bonnies have struggled to score early on this season as they have netted just one goal, coming in their season opening loss to Binghamton. Marley Jarvis netted the lone goal for SBU while Bella May has notched a team-high 10 shots on the season. In goal, Lauren Malcolm has started all seven matches and owns a 1.82 goals-against average and a .783 save percentage.

This meeting marks the 30th time the two squads have faced off with Buffalo owning the slim 14-13-2 advantage in the all-time series. Buffalo is 3-1-0 against the Bonnies in their last four meetings including a 3-1 victory last season at UB Stadium behind a pair of Carissima Cutrona goals.

Buffalo will have a week off following Friday's non-conference finale before opening Mid-American Conference play at home on Friday, September 22 against Western Michigan. First kick is set for 7:00 pm in the MAC opener for both sides.