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The United Soccer Coaches have finally unveiled all of their All-American and All-Region selections for the fall 2017 season, and several Western New York college and high school standouts have been recognized. Here's a rundown of the student-athletes honored: ALL-AMERICANS NCAA Division III: Luke Pavone, Buffalo State, second team NCAA Division III: Julia Kell…

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Even as Buffalo-area girls soccer players have been recruited to elite schools such as Florida State, Ohio State and West Virginia, several local NCAA Division III programs have struggled to fill out their rosters. The composite record for 2017 among the area's five D-3 women's sides was an abysmal 19-59-7, which looks even uglier if you remove D'Youville's 8-7-4 mark. …

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East Aurora senior Bryce Schiltz was one of 66 players named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Fall High School Boys All-America Team announced Monday by United Soccer Coaches. Players on this year’s All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged at the All-America Luncheon on Jan. 20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coac…

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NCAA DIVISION I Canisius College - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Grattarola, sophomore defender First Team: Filippo Tamburini, freshman forward; Troy Brady, sophomore forward; Melvin Blair, junior midfielder; Alex Grattarola, sophomore defender. Second Team: Bjarki Benediktsson, redshirt junior defender. All-Rookie Tea…

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Faced with crowd-sourcing $1.3 million in a span of two weeks, the Rochester Rhinos were in dire straits as a franchise. Thursday, when the two-week deadline passed, Rhinos owners David and Wendy Dworkin announced that the United Soccer League squad, in the second tier of the United States' soccer pyramid, would take a one-year hiatus from play in an attempt to secure e…

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NCAA DIVISION I University at Buffalo - Mid-American Conference First Team: Julia Benati, senior midfielder; Gurjeena Jandu, sophomore defender. Second Team: Laura Dougall, senior goalkeeper. All-Rookie Team: Gianna Yurchak, freshman forward; Marcy Barberic, freshman defender/midfielder. Niagara University - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie T…

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After one season with Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League, former University at Buffalo star Russell Cicerone has signed his second professional deal - this one with FC Cincinnati, a club that competed in the same second-tier league in 2017. “Russell is an incredibly talented young player,” said FCC head coach Alan Koch in a team release Tuesday. “He has the …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…