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It had been seven years since Canisius College women's soccer last beat the University at Buffalo, and when the Bulls' Carissima Cutrona scored four minutes into Tuesday's clash, the trend seemed likely to continue. Not so fast. Canisius freshman Emily Porteous equalized on a right-footed blast in the 69th minute, then classmate Shauna Lee finished a counterattack sp…

Laura Ortiz wrapped up her decorated Niagara soccer career when she graduated this spring, and while her talented roommate Eva Bachmann was back in the fold, another Purple Eagles attacker would need to step up to fill the void left by the Spanish playmaker. On Friday against Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure, that was Canadian freshman Bayley Sullivan, who came off the bench…

Feeling left out isn't fun. In an attempt to secure hosting privileges for North America at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the United Bid Committee released a proposal of stadiums in 34 cities in the United States, seven in Canada and three in Mexico that would be suitable for hosting a World Cup match. As ESPN FC noted, Buffalo's New Era Field is the lone National Footbal…

The Western New York Flash's first season in United Women's Soccer zoomed by at a rapid rate, but lost in the whirlwind campaign was the amateur women's side's sterling finish. Head coach Gary Bruce's team took three of their last four matches, including two against rival Rochester Lancers, en route to a respectable 4-4-2 record and fifth place in the UWS East Conferenc…

BSC Raiders have returned to the top of the Buffalo & District Soccer League world with a topsy-turvy 4-3 win over Soho FC in the premier division final on Sunday at Nichols School. Raiders' victory capped off a day that saw Wolfpack, Pendleton United, Blizzard FC and Great White Buffalo also crowned the playoff winners of their respective divisions, while Ukraine e…

Expect a festival atmosphere on Sunday at Nichols School, where six playoff soccer matches spread across two fields will rumble from 1:30 to 8 p.m. All games are free to attend, and one of Lloyd Taco's fleet of food trucks will post up in the parking lot behind the hockey rink from 3 to 7 p.m. With the exception of the Over-35 division, all levels of the Buffalo & D…

Most soccer teams dread going to penalty kicks to decide a championship game. For Yemen Elite, it was a relief. After withstanding 120 minutes of pressure from Buffalo United Soccer Stars (BUSS) - especially late in regulation and through the two overtimes - Elite trusted their composure in spot kicks, winning the Tehel Cup 4-3 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw Thursday …

The Buffalo & District Soccer League finals match-ups are set after a crazy Sunday which saw a memorable clash between BSC Raiders and BUSS, as well as an upset in the other premier tilt. Here's a look at the results from the semifinals in BDSL's premier and championship divisions: PREMIER BSC Raiders 4, BUSS 3 (2OT) Recap: This match will go down as one of…

The semifinal clashes in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's second tier are mirror images of each other. Each higher seed plays a physical, defensively-responsible brand of soccer, while their opponents on Sunday are young, sprightly and riding high off quarterfinal blowouts. Not that a playoff game needs much more incentive, but the winners of these two games a…

The balance of power has changed little from year to year in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division. It's not hard to explain the lack of parity - the successful teams attract the best available players, while other would-be contenders struggle to match the depth and skill of the top sides. Looking at Sunday's two semifinal matches, three of the …

Update, Aug. 10: After a vicious lightning storm prevented the Tehel Cup final from being played last Thursday, the championship match between BUSS and Yemen Elite will run at 8:30 tonight at Sweet Home High School. Both teams are expected to field roughly the same size roster for the match, as BUSS are hurting after Hunter Sherman and Hunter Walsh earned red cards in t…

The first round of the Buffalo & District Soccer League playoffs rumbled on Sunday, and while the results weren't too unexpected, the fashion in which they were achieved were rather unexpected. Let's bound through the four matches - two apiece in the premier and championship divisions. PREMIER BSC Raiders 3, East Aurora FC 1 Recap: East Aurora put a scare i…

Given the rise of Buffalo's youth soccer academies, Black Watch has become the forgotten premier club. Participation has declined since 2011, when the club reached its peak of 11 teams, and recent whispers in the soccer community have gone so far as to wonder if Black Watch still exists. Buffalo's oldest premier club is still in operation - it will field teams for th…

The second tier of the Buffalo & District Soccer League was fascinating to watch this year, especially if you don't like goals. BDSL's championship division was so rugged, physical and defensive-minded that, on average, fewer than three goals (2.79) were scored in each game, compared to 4.3 per match in premier. While this stat might prove maddening for goal-crav…

The do-or-die part of the Buffalo & District Soccer League season has finally arrived, as the first round of the men's amateur league playoffs rolls July 30. Compelling match-ups are littered throughout the league's five divisions, but we'll focus on the top tier - which is perhaps the deepest ever in terms of talent - in this post. PREMIER Teams with quarterf…