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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 …

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After extending its undefeated streak to 10 games with last week's 1-0 win at Cortland, the Buffalo State men's soccer team was ranked 17th in the United Soccer Coaches national poll for NCAA Division III. The Bengals (10-1-2) are nationally ranked for the first time since 1984. Cortland was ranked 19th while Oneonta, which will play at Buffalo State on Oct. 20, is rank…

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Since beating Cortland in SUNYAC play in 2013, Buffalo State's recent history against the Red Dragons has been memorable - and not in a good way. The Red Dragons have ended the Bengals' last two seasons in the conference playoffs; Buffalo State had dropped five straight against Saturday's foe, four by shutout. Despite the foreboding history, Mark Howlett's Bengals we…

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Look out, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Canisius Griffins are flying. The Griffs men avoided the drama of their first two conference matches with a 5-0 trouncing of Niagara University in the annual Battle of the Bridge rivalry meeting Wednesday at Demske Sports Complex. The Griffins haven't lost to the Purple Eagles since 2013 - they're now 2-0-2 in that span …

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Eight Australians, six Englishmen, four Scots, two Spaniards, one Nigerian and one Irishman. That international contingent makes up 22 of the 30 roster spots - and often nine of the 11 starters - on Micky Blythe's Medaille Mavericks, who came one win shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament last fall. It's not that Blythe is against recruiting Western New York - he stress…

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It wasn't pretty, but the Fredonia men's soccer team earned a hard-fought point in a 1-1 draw versus Buffalo State on Saturday at Coyer Field. Less than two minutes after Buffalo State's August Finn broke a scoreless second-half deadlock by lifting a rebound over committed Fredonia goalkeeper Ty Bentham, Blue Devils' sophomore Matt Belardi pounced on a Bengals mistake a…

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It's common for parents and fans to wonder why a certain player isn't seeing big minutes. In many cases, coaches' reasons extend far beyond the player's ability on the soccer field. In Robert Williamson's first two seasons at Buffalo State, the defender started just 15 of 38 games, appearing in 26 altogether, although many in spot duty. Entering college, the Fishkill, N…

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Soccer can be cruel to teams who don't finish their scoring chances. Despite out-shooting Siena 25-10 overall and 10-4 on target, Canisius men's soccer settled for a 2-2 tie on Wednesday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex. "This is Division I. We talk about winning championships, but if you want to win championships, you have to take care of business, and we should h…

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Like many good childhood friendships, Frank Cotroneo and Troy Brady first met while playing tee ball. With spacious Veteran's Park in Grand Island the site of a robust youth baseball league, the two 4-year-old athletes were initially drawn to the diamond rather than the pitch. Connected by Cotroneo's cousin, already a member of the team and friends with Brady, the tw…

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The last time the University at Buffalo women's soccer team won its first Mid-American Conference game came in 2014, when just two of the Bulls current players were part of the squad. Shawn Burke's team reversed recent history with a well-rounded 2-0 win over the Western Michigan Broncos at UB Stadium on Friday. Captains Carissima Cutrona and Julia Benati potted the goa…

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The Niagara Purple Eagles men's soccer team is significantly better than its 1-6-1 record indicates. As with most young, inexperienced teams, staying focused for a full 90 minutes has been a challenge - game-altering mistakes occur when minds switch off - but maturation in certain phases can quickly swing a team's trajectory. Bill Boyle's side turned a corner in Niag…

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The 28th Lewiston-Porter/Niagara Pioneer alumni soccer game is slated for 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Lew-Port High School. The event is open to any alumni of the high school or Niagara Pioneer soccer programs. For more information, contact Brian Elniski at belniski@gmail.com or (585) 737-7113.

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Bill Boyle's Niagara Purple Eagles have started their non-conference slate in unusual fashion, competing in three tournaments - in Nashville, Tenn; Burlington, VT; and Oneonta, NY - before tussling with James Madison last weekend. Aside from a 2-1 win over Robert Morris University in Oneonta, Niagara has struggled at both ends, scoring a total of four goals in the other…

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There were cartwheels, back-flips and one remarkably smiley picture. The Villa Maria women's soccer team, in just its second year of existence, notched the first win in the history of the college's soccer programs, a 2-0 blanking of SUNY Cobleskill Sunday. The Vikings had lost 12 straight games - and scored just one goal in total - since their formation last fall. Th…

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Buffalo State men's soccer head coach Mark Howlett was proud of his team for more than the Bengals' 2-1 win over Medaille; it was the fashion in which his side triumphed. "We've had two good seasons the last two years, but we've never been able to come back from a goal down," Howlett said. "We haven't done it - this is the first time. It's not good. That's what we talke…