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Niagara women’s soccer kicks off season at Bucknell on Sunday


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Niagara women's soccer team begins its 2018 campaign at the two-time defending Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison on Sunday, August 19.

Scene Setter

  • The Purple Eagles start their 36th season on the road on Sunday.
  • The Purple Eagles will face three 2017 NCAA Tournament teams (Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, St. Francis (PA)) in non-conference play before starting its MAAC schedule on September 15.
  • Niagara is in search of its first season-opening victory since 2014.

Kickoff Tidbits

Across The Pitch
Bucknell Bison (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League)

  • Bucknell is the two-time defending Patriot League champion.
  • The Bison were picked fourth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
  • The 2018 Bison will have to replace the departure of seven seniors, including six starters, that won a school record 49 games.
  • Five Bison made their debut in the season opener versus Hofstra on Friday. Bucknell was defeated by the Pride, 1-0.

Against The Bison (Bucknell leads 1-0)

  • Niagara and Bucknell have met only one previous time.
  • The Bison upended the Purple Eagles, 3-1, on September 5, 1998.

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