Soccer - The Buffalo News

Share this article

Soccer

print logo

The national title dreams of Buffalo's two college programs in the NCAA Tournament came crashing down on Saturday, as Buffalo State lost 2-0 to Hobart and Medaille fell by the same score to Otterbein. At Coyer Field, Hobart struck for two first-half goals - including a back-breaker in the 42nd minute - then withstood early second-half pressure from the Bengals to kill o…

Soccer

They were out. Then they weren't sure. Then they were in. The last two weeks have tormented, teased and titillated the Buffalo State men's soccer team, which returns to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time since 1984. The Bengals host the first two rounds, with their first match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Hobart at Coyer Field. Messiah jous…

Sports

It's been 33 years since the last time the Buffalo State men's soccer team has earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but the agonizing wait is over as Mark Howlett's Bengals have earned an at-large bid into the 2017 field after finishing fourth in the final Northeast Regional Rankings. The news gets better for Buffalo State, too. The Bengals will host the f…

Sports

The first 15 minutes were trending in the wrong direction for Canisius. A midfield usually so composed and technically clean was spraying passes in every direction but toward their intended targets, gifting Iona odd-man rushes and half chances. But one moment can change the entire complexion of a match, and two in quick succession doomed Iona. On the dribble, dynamic…

Soccer

Since 2012, Penn State-Behrend stood firmly between the Medaille men's soccer team and the NCAA Division III Tournament. The powerhouse program conquered the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference three of the last four years and, after blanking the Mavericks in their last three meetings, seemed destined to roll to the NCAAs again. It took a Herculean team-wide effort…

Sports

For the high school boys soccer players who aren't still alive in the playoffs, the annual Exceptional Seniors Game is a terrific opportunity to be seen by local college coaches, who are in the process of filling out their roster openings ahead of February's signing day. Organized by Villa Maria College men's soccer head coach Tim Kronenwetter, the showcase match - sche…

Sports

D'Youville women's soccer has a plan for how to win soccer matches. Opponents know what's coming, but there's a reason professional teams thrive using the same strategy. Jim Hesch's Spartans are content to let foes keep possession for the majority of a match. They're built to absorb pressure and persuade opponents to involve more players into the attack, allowing D'Youv…

Sports

In the regular-season meeting between the Medaille and D'Youville men, the heavily favored Mavs breezed to a 4-0 soccer victory, ripping 15 shots on goal to the Spartans' three. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs are a different beast, however, as it took Micky Blythe's team into the first minute of overtime to send pesky, disciplined D'Youville packi…

Sports

It's possible the Buffalo State men's soccer team looked beyond first-round opponent Geneseo toward fellow nationally ranked SUNYAC foes Oneonta and especially Cortland, the No. 1 seed that's knocked the Bengals out the last two years. But it wasn't complacency that plagued Mark Howlett's squad on the field in a shocking 2-0 defeat to the Knights at Buffalo State Saturd…

Sports

Enduring two grueling months of the college soccer season has rewarded several programs with a chance at competing in their respective conference tournaments. While the NCAA Division I schools have a few more matches before the postseason begins, the NCAA Division III sides begin the do-or-die part of their season on Saturday. Fortunately, all of the NCAA Division II…

Sports

There was a scenario where, if the Medaille men's soccer team beat Penn State-Behrend on Tuesday at D'Youville, the Mavericks would win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title, earn a first-round bye and avoid facing both Mount Aloysius and Behrend in the postseason. Behind an incredibly disciplined and organized defense - as well as the stella…

Sports

Noah Keem scored 62 goals in a sterling high school career at Sweet Home, so it seemed a little unusual to see him at center back and fullback as a freshman for the Daemen Wildcats. After all, Daemen had scored a conference-low 17 goals in 2016 - the Wildcats' second season, officially, in NCAA Division II - with exactly zero goals returning this fall, as leading scorer…

Soccer

Melvin Blair's eyes got really, really big. A lofted ball forward met the chest of Canisius striker Filippo Tamburini, with Blair lurking a few paces behind, eager to have a try at goal. Tamburini's layoff was exceptional, and the Jamaican midfielder sizzled a right-footed volley under the crossbar for a 1-0 Griffs lead in the first minute, and Canisius never looked …

Soccer

As the quality of girls youth soccer development has risen in the Buffalo area over the last five to 10 years, local college programs have begun to feel the benefit. Look no farther than Daemen College, who jumped from NAIA to NCAA Division II officially in 2013. Although Wildcats head coach Dan Dolan has supplemented his roster with players outside the area, Daemen's t…

Sports

It wasn't supposed to end this way for Breanna Knight. The Buffalo State Bengals' winger returned to the fold following the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance, her sterling career record of 39-13-9 and selection to the All-SUNYAC first team glistening reminders of recent success. But after an 0-5 start to conference play and a 3-9-1 record overall in 2017, a …