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Former University at Buffalo player Megan Giesen was named to the Bulls' women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Shawn Burke. Giesen returns to UB after working as graduate assistant coach at Youngstown State the last two seasons. She played four seasons at Buffalo as she was a team captain in 2014 here senior season. That team won UB's first ever Mi…

Knowing a loss to Rochester would even further damage their slim hopes at the National Premier Soccer League postseason, FC Buffalo came out flat. Very flat. Inexplicably. The scoreline of the Lancers' 2-1 win Friday at Aquinas Institute doesn't tell the full story. With a little more luck – and without Wolves' goalkeeper Cameron Hogg's excellent interventions – …

While it was difficult to separate the top four teams of the National Premier Soccer League's Great Lakes East Conference in Friday's power rankings, it's even harder to narrow down a Best XI through the first half of the campaign. Not only is it virtually impossible to see all matches - many teams have streams of varying quality - but amateur players come and go during…

Former University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Davie Carmichael will coach this coming season at Cal Poly. UB cut its men's soccer program on April 3, just 62 days after Carmichael was promoted to head coach and before he could coach his first-ever game for the Bulls. Carmichael will serve as a volunteer assistant to Mustangs head coach Steve Sampson, who will en…

The National Premier Soccer League's kooky schedule has teams in the same division with significantly more games played than other squads. In the Midwest Region Great Lakes East Conference, the disparity is greater than anywhere else - creating a rather muddled table. For instance, the Dayton Dynamo have completed nine matches - three-quarters of their schedule - with E…

Buffalo's top-level sports organizations bear a responsibility to give back to the community, and the Western New York Flash Academy and FC Buffalo have laid out initiatives to give back. First, the Flash Academy will host Kicking Cancer, a 4-vs.-4 youth tournament at West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St.) on June 24, for boys, and June 25, for girls. Teams, with …

She may be one semester into her college career at Florida State and in the throes of the United Women's Soccer season, but Madisyn Pezzino has now earned national accolades for her record-setting high school career. The Grand Island High School athlete, who shattered the New York State record for goals, was named Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer in New York…

It's not an unspoken rule in soccer, but it's often the player fouled in the opposing 18-yard box is the one who takes the ensuing penalty kick. When FC Buffalo's Akean Shackleford was tripped up in the Fort Pitt box in the fifth minute of Saturday's National Premier Soccer League match, many assumed the industrious Jamaican striker would try to convert the chance he cr…

FC Buffalo had to overcome a power failure - literally - in the neighborhood of their home of All-High Stadium. The team did so in a 2-0 win over the Fort Pitt Regiment on Saturday night. Chris Walter and Julien Dragomir had the goals for FC Buffalo, which improved its record to 2-3-2 on the season. FCB passed Cleveland and Syracuse to move into fourth place in the NPSL…

Munich, Germany, might feel like a world away from Buffalo, New York. The former is home to FC Bayern, six-time UEFA Champions League winners and conqueror of the German Bundesliga 27 times, including the last five. Buffalo, on the other hand, has produced only one Major League Soccer player, Bobby Shuttleworth, and hasn't been the sole home for a professional soccer te…

Given its affiliation with German super-club FC Bayern Munich, premier youth organization Global Premier Soccer has the resources and the know-how to connect with fans and prospective players on social media. One example is their GPS Soccer Assassins project, which is run by skills expert Daniel Gildea and boasts more than 385,000 followers on Instagram, that highlights…

Given the scoring chances that FC Buffalo have generated in 2017, it's about time the Wolves were rewarded with an avalanche of goals for their efforts. Unfortunately for expansion side Syracuse, the visitors were thoroughly beaten down on Sunday. For the first time in 2017, FC Buffalo excelled in the final third, depositing a handful of goals in their 5-1 whitewashing …

FC Buffalo's start to 2017 has been far from ideal. Through four matches - including Friday's 4-1 loss to AFC Cleveland - the Wolves (0-2-2) have yet to secure a win, and have scored just two goals in 360 minutes, none by forwards. A home clash against Syracuse FC (1-4), at 2 p.m. Sunday at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.), could be just what FC Buffalo n…

Sometimes it takes an embarrassing scoreline to rally and motivate a soccer team. That's all Western New York Flash head coach Gary Bruce can hope for following his team's 7-0 drubbing against the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday evening at Niagara University. "I'm going to do something to forget about this game - I don't know what it's going to be - but I'm going t…

Few things will frustrate soccer coaches, players and supporters more than when a team creates scoring chances but cannot, for whatever reason, bury them. Prime opportunities are inexplicably flubbed, point-blank shots manage to find a defender's outstretched leg, and deflections - which fool the goalkeeper - trickle just wide of the post. Sometimes it's a lack of sharp…