The 2016 Buffalo & District Soccer League regular season is in the books, with the exception of one rescheduled premier division game that will determine one of the relegated sides.
Here's what happened in Week 11 of the BDSL:
FC Yemen 5, Celtic United 2
Quick sum: With FC Yemen needing a win to stave off relegation and Celtic already wrapped into a playoff spot without a chance for a bye, the team with more to play for came out hard. Bassam Harhara chose a good time to gather his first two goals of the campaign, while brothers Abdulqawi and Majed Mohamed each posted a goal and two assists in the rout.
FCY's Ali Shawish added a goal, while Otmane Boussag produced an assist. Hobart College teammates T.J. Kaszubski and Patrick Schulz scored for United, both from Shane Greene.
Amherst Sharpshooters 1, Clarence Yotes 0
Quick sum: Sharpshooters locked up first place in premier with Adam Durst's fourth clean sheet of the season. Eric Steinmetz scored his first goal of the season on a pass from Tom Fusillo, while the Yotes had a goal called back for an offside decision and struck the post in stoppage time. It's feasible that these two teams could meet in the premier semifinals, a rubber match for two 1-0 results.
BUSS 2, BSC International 1
Quick sum: While the win was closer than they would have liked, BUSS secure their spot in the 2017 BDSL premier division with the win over Inter.
After scoring seven goals in three games, Lorne Maxime's torrid pace screeched to a halt against BUSS' defense, while Kyle Clifford, who needs two goals against Roos to earn co-Golden Boot honors with SoHo's Ryan Mangano, and Saleman Salim sneaked shots past Brian Arcara.
Roos FC 4, Queenston 2
Quick sum: As we predicted, the rivalry match swung in favor of Roos, who are champing at the bit to avoid relegation -- and there's still work to do.
Six different players tallied points for the victors, as Matt Barth, Sam Greco, Alex Reid and Mike Skrzypczyk all found the back of the net, while Trevor Moreland, Kurtis Maloney, Reid and Greco notched assists. Canisius College's Joe Farrell potted both of Parliament's goals in the final match of a disappointing season for Queenston.
SoHo FC 3, Yemen Elite 1
Quick sum: SoHo sealed their first-round bye with a solid win over Elite. Premier division leading scorer Ryan Mangano scored a double, raising his season total to 11, while Andy Tiedt stretched his streak of both a goal and an assist in three straight games.
Chris Griffiths headed home his first of the league campaign for Elite, and other than a smack of the post on a Mateo Escobar free kick, Yemen could not muster much. The match featured eight yellow cards, six on Elite, including two and a sending off of Steve Pondeca, who will be suspended for the quarterfinal against Clarence.
BSC Raiders 2, Rogue FC 0 (forfeit)
Quick sum: While it's tough to wrap up a match that didn't actually happen, the result holds meaning. Raiders gets an unexpected off week, but the three points ultimately weren't enough to secure a quarterfinal bye, as Sharpshooters and SoHo FC both were victorious.
Color us shocked, but Rogue, who collected seven points from their first three games of the season, need a BUSS win or draw against Roos FC on Sunday to avoid relegation. Rogue are still alive in Tehel Cup play, though, naturally. Wild.
Southtowns FPFC 2, Celtic Hoops 2
Quick sum: Congratulations are in order for Southtowns FPFC, the only club not to lose a BDSL regular season game (with the exception of an over-35 team). Although a draw against 10th-place Hoops was not the most inspiring result to close the regular season, Southtowns already had the league title and a first-round bye wrapped up.
Coupled with Polonia's loss to Buffalo Celtic, Hoops' point keeps them safe from relegation. Tom Stefanucci and Jared Hulshoff struck for Hoops, while Travis Hicks and Cody Rouse answered for Southtowns.
Wolfpack 2, Buffalo Bantu 1
Quick sum: Talk about entering the playoffs on a high note. Even though Bantu secured second place and a bye, Wolfpack made a statement with this win, taking their July record to 3-0 with a goals-for, goals-against of 11-2. Speedy forward Kyle Weaver and former Catan midfielder Scott Berardi potted Wolfpack's goals, while Hassan "Abdi" Sabtow was the lone Bantu player to dent the score sheet.
Although their opponents have been class, Bantu have suffered their first two losses of the season in the same week. They'll look to recover during their bye week.
[Really like these? Look back at the scores and sums from Week 10]
Lykan 2, Rangers FC 1
Quick sum: Lykan squeak into the postseason with this result, benefiting from goals by Dan Matuszak and Brian Cleary to upset playoff-bound Rangers. Dom Parisi scored for the losing side, though, raising his season total to a championship-high 12.
The fact that Lykan have scored 12 goals and conceded 10 in 11 games shines a light onto their playing style, but sometimes the Greece approach works if the defense is stiff enough. The playoff season from a team that was supposed to be relegated to first division is among the season's better storylines.
Niagara FC 3, East Aurora 2
Quick sum: The chips didn't fall Niagara FC's way in the final week, as an inspiring win over East Aurora wasn't enough to extend their season; Lykan's upset of Rangers meant that Adam Winkworth's side fell two points shy. Befuddling EAFC enter the playoffs far from the favorite and seem to have reached their appropriate level after promotion in two straight seasons.
Paul Malinowski, high schooler Max Montante and Seth Snyder got on the board for Niagara, while Ryan Keller and Joe Vucic scored for East Aurora.
Lakeside FC 3, OP Alliance 2
Quick sum: It was an unexpected goal-fest at Nichols, as five different players scored in a matchup between teams that will remain in championship next season. Lakeside's leading scorer Andrew Brobbey found the back of the net, while Will Bolton and Callum Christie added the other markers. Noah Kohl and Connor Saeli scored for Orchard Park in the losing effort.
Buffalo Celtic 1, Polonia 0
Quick sum: Championship's two relegated teams went head to head in the final week, as Buffalo Celtic ultimately brought down their foes with them. Richie Brinkman notched the game's only goal on an assist from Tom Cordaro, while Polonia's Aron Andrews saw a straight red.
Able to play up or down to the level of their competition -- Polonia took down East Aurora and Rangers, after all -- the red and white simply dropped too many matches to mid-table sides en route to relegation.
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Williamsville Willies 1, Buffalo Gunners 0
Beast City FC 5, FC Quake 0
Elmwood Saints 2, Amherst Alliance 1
Depew Village 1, Hamburg Monarchs 1
RVS United 6, Nickel City Wanderers 2
Panthers 5, Alden 1
SPAL Buffalo 4, Catan FC 0
Tonawanda United 2, DSC Buffalo 1
Ukraine 3, Crimson Fire 3
West Side FC 6, FC Yemen II 2
Pendleton United 4, Meerkats 2
Rampart FC 2, PLYSA Toros 0
Cheektowaga 5, Buffalo Blizzard 2
WNY United Reds 1, Celtic 1888 0
Youngstown Marksmen 3, FC Aftershock 0
Devils SC 0, Aurora Arsenal II 0
Revolution SC 3, Lasalle 2
Stone Jug 2, Dutch FC 1
FK Bosnia 2, Celtic Classic 2
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