Amherst Sharpshooters 3, BUSS 3
Quick sum: In the blistering early afternoon heat at Nichols, Sharpshooters equalized in the final five minutes to earn a point against upstart BUSS. Kyle Clifford put BUSS in prime position with two first-half goals, but Sharpshooters came out flying after halftime to even the match.
A picturesque through-ball from Regan Steele sent Justin Hofschneider in for the first, and then Steele's whipped-in free kick from the left grazed off some part of Eric Brodfuehrer's body into the net. BUSS didn't back down, as recent signings Saleman Salim (Hutch Tech) and Sam Sutherland (Clarence) -- both local high schoolers -- combined on the latter's finish from close range.
Steele would bring Sharpshooters back again once more, swinging a free kick from the same area as his first to the back post where Zack Wood was well-positioned for the tap-in. BUSS must feel unlucky not to come away with three points, as Amherst 'keeper Adam Durst made a few acrobatic stops -- without conceding rebounds -- in the second half.
Roos FC 5, BSC International 1
Quick sum: The Battle of the Bottom of the Table wasn't much of a battle, as Roos' James Knapp scored in the second minute and Sam Greco dazzled his way to a hat trick. While it's Greco who has often played provider for Alex Reid this year, it was Reid who returned the favor with three assists on Sunday. Mike Skrzypczyk scored his first goal of the season to fill out the winner's tallies.
With the defeat, BSC Inter have been relegated with two games remaining, barring an unforeseen folding of a premier team or realignment. Bright spots are the impacts of two newcomers, as Lorne Maxime scored for the second game in a row and Devonte Black picked up another point in his second match with Inter.
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SoHo FC 4, Rogue FC 1
Quick sum: The prediction that Rogue FC would secure a point at their home field was errant, as SoHo FC overcame a red card to Peter Duerden after halftime and shockingly scored three unanswered goals, down a man, to clinch a playoff spot and vault to the top of premier. Former FC Buffalo defender Josh Hall found the back of the net on a lofted ball from just beyond midfield, while usual suspects Ryan Mangano (two goals), Andy Tiedt (goal and assist) and Pablo Ordonez (two assists) also produced.
SoHo's physicality made life tough for Rogue FC, knocking around speedy Hunter Walsh and exposing a defense that's been leaky since the departures of Nick Perillo and Kolby Banker. Rogue sit three points back of a playoff spot but face Sharpshooters and BSC Raiders in their last two games of the season.
Clarence 3, FC Yemen 0
Quick sum: Rebounding from a disappointing tie against BSC Inter, the Yotes clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 with a cool shutout of FC Yemen, behind goals from Brendan Brody, Andrew Incho and Jose Perez. As expected, Sharpshooters transfer A.C. LaFlore stepped into the Clarence back four seamlessly, reforming the collegiate center-back pairing he enjoyed with Ryan Schroen while at Canisius College.
With Roos and BUSS both in good late-season form, FC Yemen's match on Sunday against BSC Inter is crucial for cementing their place as a premier side. Setting aside their forfeit win over Rogue FC, FC Yemen have not won a match since opening day.
Yemen Elite 1, Celtic United 1
Quick sum: The BN Soccer Match of the Week was a bit of a defensive dogfight, as Yemen Elite clogged the middle of the field to make life difficult for United stalwarts Chris Berardi and Sammy Wasson, and still needed key saves from goalkeeper Scott Augustine to come away with a point. Celtic's Berardi scored from Nikko Richards, while Yemen Elite's Steve Pondeca equalized.
The result only further muddles the middle of the table, as the two teams hold the final playoff spots, tied for fifth place with 13 points. Considering all four squads above them have clinched, Elite (@Clarence, vs. SoHo) and United (@Queenston, @FC Yemen) are looking down at Queenston (vs. Celtic United, vs. Roos), still very much in the mix with 11 points.
BSC Raiders 1, Queenston FC 1
Quick sum: What's going on with BSC Raiders? The two-time defending premier champions have drawn three consecutive games and fallen to fourth in the table. Even though their point against Queenston clinched a playoff berth, it's plausible they'll miss out on a coveted quarterfinal bye.
After a lopsided Tehel Cup loss to Celtic United and three straight defeats in league play, Queenston focused on denying Kendell McFayden through tight marking and trust in rangy goalkeeper John Netter, a member of the Midseason Premier Best XI. Raiders' Ryan Walter solved Netter on a glancing header, but Parliament's Joe Farrell cracked a volley to produce the final result.
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OP Alliance 1, Buffalo Celtic 0
Quick sum: Left for dead in the first week of June, Orchard Park has sprung to life, going undefeated in and taking 10 points from their last four. The Alliance were forced to protect a narrow lead late against Buffalo Celtic's onslaught, but they held on and made Matt Roder's marker stand as the winner. With the result, Buffalo Celtic have been relegated to first division for next season.
Celtic Hoops 5, Niagara FC 2
Quick sum: If the season were to end today, Niagara FC would be out of a playoff spot, as the young side, playing down a man for over half the game, were no match for Celtic Hoops. Six different players got on the score sheet for the winning side, as Eric Steinwachs scored a brace, Nicclas Andrews, Jared Hulshoff and Daniel Griffin registered single tallies, and Conner Essenburg, Tim Huebsch, Hulshoff and Steinwachs each tacked on assists.
Nick Colao was one of the lone bright spots for Niagara FC, posting a goal and an assist.
Southtowns FPFC 1, East Aurora FC 0
Quick sum: Rob Booker was the hero for Southtowns, depositing a rebound off a free kick late in the match, while Bill Littere was tremendous between the pipes in his fifth straight shutout. Southtowns FPFC has only been scored on twice this season.
East Aurora would need a lot of results to fall their way to finish in the top two, but they look likely to reach the postseason. Although Buffalo Bantu and Rangers will vehemently disagree, this match could well be a finals preview.
Rangers 2, Lakeside FC 0
Quick sum: Phil Szafranek and Aaron Gartner each struck for Rangers off set pieces, while Rob Weigand kept the sheet clean in a critical win. Now alone in third place, Rangers are only four points ahead of seventh, so there's still not much margin for error, especially against a red-hot OP Alliance next Sunday.
Buffalo Bantu 3, Polonia 2
Quick sum: Credit Polonia for sticking with one of the division's top teams, but ultimately the pace and energy of Bantu overcame Polonia's guile and tenacity. FC Yemen transfer Adan Mukumbira, Hussein Hussein and former Yemen Elite striker Zein Abdulaziz scored for Bantu, while Dan Helman and Nick Nenno found the back of the net for the losing side. Currently in the relegation zone, Polonia get undefeated Southtowns FPFC next.
Wolfpack 2, Lykan FC 0
Quick sum: Wolfpack rebounded from a 2-0 loss to East Aurora by blanking Lykan by the same score. Nick Cavalieri scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, while savvy signing Caleb Richards also tallied. Weird note: Either Lykan or their opponent has been shut out in their last seven games. Currently holding the final playoff spot, Lykan get East Aurora and Rangers to close the regular season.
SPAL Buffalo FC 1, Beast City SC 0
Catan FC 2, Hamburg Monarchs 0
Depew Village 4, Nickel City Wanderers 0
Buffalo Gunners 2, Amherst Alliance 1
FC Quake 3, Alden 1
Williamsville Willies 5, Elmwood Saints FC 0
Panthers 2, RVS United 1
DSC Buffalo 2, WNY United Reds 2
FC Yemen II 5, PLYSA Toros
West Side FC 2, Ukraine 0
Rampart FC 2, Celtic 1888 0
Meerkats FC 3, Cheektowaga 0
Buffalo Blizzard 1, Pendleton United FC 1
Crimson Fire FC 5, Tonawanda United 1
Dutch FC 3, FC Aftershock 1
Great White Buffalo 8, Haz Benz 1
FK Bosnia 3, Rust Belt United 1
Aurora Arsenal II 3, Revolution 2
Lasalle 3, Youngstown Marksmen 3
Stone Jug 3, Celtic Classic 0
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