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AKRON NIPS UB IN SOCCER

Akron's nationally ranked men's soccer team handed the University at Buffalo (3-1-1, 0-1-1) a 1-0 defeat Sunday in the Mid-American Conference opener for both at the UB Amherst campus. Akron, ranked 25th in the country, is 3-0-1 and 1-0-0 in the conference.

Tim Cooper scored for the Zips in the 65th minute with a deflection off a defender. Buffalo's best scoring chance came in the first half on a shot by Chris Vinci (St. Joe's) that was saved by Akron goalkeeper Kyle Milligan, who had only two saves. UB keeper Justin Deming (six saves) made a diving stop against Cooper to keep it scoreless in the first half.

Temple edged Niagara, 2-1, in the championship game of the First Union Hawk Classic in Philadelphia. Midfielder Mike Balducci, with an assist from Andrew Weidert, scored for Niagara in the 86th minute after the Owls had taken a 2-0 lead. Andrew Krawczuk and Stephen Martin of Niagara were named to the all-tournament team.

Sophomore defender Matt Rosenfeld scored on a direct kick in the 109th minute as St. Francis (Pa.) (1-2) rallied for a 3-2 victory over Canisius (1-3) at the Demske Complex. Canisius took the early lead in the second minute on a goal by Charlie Williams. Williams put Canisius back on top in the 12th minute.

Tom Lemmon scored once and assisted on a goal by Andy Jones as St. Bonaventure defeated Rider, 2-0, in the consolation game of the Mayor's Cup XXIV in Oneonta.

Chris Whitmore (Lockport), Josh Randle (St. Francis) and Tim Silakowski (Depew) scored goals in Fredonia's 6-0 victory over Kenyon (Ohio) as the Blue Devils (3-1) took the championship of their own Sheraton Four Points Tournament for the sixth year in a row.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Kelli Bennett's goal in the 68th minute gave St. Bonaventure (2-1) a 2-1 victory over Detroit Mercy (0-4) in the Bonnies' home opener. Jen Twardzik also scored for Bona. Goalkeeper Karen Cunningham finished with eight saves for the winners, including two on late breakaways.

Bowling Green State (3-2) took a school-record 46 shots but didn't score until 82:02 in a 2-0 victory over visiting Niagara (0-5-0). NU had only four shots.

Despite a 1-1 score, Buffalo State took the championship over Cazenovia in the Sheraton Four Points tournament at Fredonia on penalty shots, 6-5. Mandy Metzinger (Tonawanda) had the lone goal for the Lady Bengals (1-1-1).

Karen Schimley (Grand Island) and Rachel Slowey (Lockport) had goals and Melissa Crockett turned in the shutout as Fredonia (2-2-0) defeated Hilbert (0-3), 8-0, in the third-place game.

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