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A poised defensive effort and a well-executed goal in the 73rd minute pushed the Clarence Yotes past Hammers FC, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the Werner Fricker Cup on Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The victory, which propels the Buffalo & District Soccer League side to a semifinal match-up against defending champions Christos FC (Maryland), is the BDSL's first in a regiona…

The Gorges Classic began as a four-team soccer tournament when it was founded by Ibe Jonah in 2013. With nearly 40 teams signed up this year, it has become one of the largest adult soccer competitions on the East Coast. Jonah originally started the event in Niagara Falls but he now directs two annual tournaments, one locally in late spring and another in Ithaca in the f…

Reigning Buffalo & District Soccer League Tehel Cup champions Clarence Yotes will get their first crack at regional cup competition this weekend. The BDSL representatives kick off their Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinal match against Hammers FC (Metro Washington, DC) at 1 p.m. April 23 at Robinson Secondary School (5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Va.). The other three qu…

Empire United Buffalo is the oldest of the current premier clubs in the Buffalo area, with roots back to 2007, when it replaced Buffalo United. The Empire United organization is headquartered in Rochester - where a new facility was built in 2016 - but its presence in Buffalo has deep roots. With over a decade as a club, Empire Buffalo has begun to reap the rewards of it…

It was a bit of a no-brainer, but Florida State forward Maddie Pezzino, the most prolific goal scorer in New York State girls soccer history, has decided to return this summer to play for the Western New York Flash in their first season in United Women's Soccer. "The Flash has played a huge role in my development as a player and a person, and I'm more than excited to be…

The most enduring image from covering the University at Buffalo men's soccer team over the last four years is not Russell Cicerone's 2014 wonder-goal from midfield in overtime or his bending free kick that sent the Bulls to their first Mid-American Conference final in 2015. For UB men's soccer players, coaches, fans and alumni, who now collectively battle a blend of sho…

The University at Buffalo will no longer field an intercollegiate men's soccer team, the school announced Monday. Men's soccer was one of four sports to get the ax, with men's baseball, men's swimming and diving, and women's rowing also included. The women's soccer program is unaffected. Here's the official statement from UB President Satish K. Tripathi: “This h…

With the start of their first season in United Women's Soccer approaching rapidly, the Western New York Flash have settled on a coaching staff, naming Gary Bruce head coach and Marcelo Moreira as his assistant. Bruce, currently the director of coaching for the Flash Academy's junior program and head coach of two boys sides, served as an assistant on Western New York's N…

Over the last 20 years, premier youth clubs have changed the landscape of Buffalo soccer. Long gone are the days of Buffalo Premier and Germania, both important at times when AAU basketball and Pee Wee football still had their clutches around youth sports, yet also predecessors to a what's currently a robust, fiercely competitive environment. Welcome to 2017, where prem…

Through a week-long roll-out on Twitter, local National Premier Soccer League club FC Buffalo announced its preliminary roster for the 2017 season, which begins May 20. With the roster expected to have a more local bent this season under the new coaching staff of Frank Butcher, Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski, the players announced largely fit that mold. The amateur…

As the Buffalo & District Soccer League has expanded in size, it's also gotten younger. New sides Grand Island FC and Crusaders FC (Canisius) pull largely from their respective high school programs, while recent entrants Pendleton United boasts several players from Starpoint and the Williamsville Willies draw primarily from Williamsville North. There are several mor…

Sharpness, fitness and attacking instincts. The RiverDogz Reserves boasted all of these traits, while the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Amherst Sharpshooters fell short in all three categories in a decisive 4-0 loss to the Rochester foes in the play-in round of the USASA Amateur Cup.. Rochester's William Stone potted two first-half goals for a 2-0 lead at the b…

Call it the Tussle in the Tundra, or maybe the Haggle on Hoth. Regardless of the chilling title, Sunday's 2 p.m. outdoor play-in match to represent Western New York Soccer Association in the USASA Amateur Cup promises to be quite the spectacle. Sharpshooters, representing the Buffalo & District Soccer League, will travel to Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr…

2016 was a tough year for many in the Buffalo & District Soccer League, as the death of longtime Celtic player Chris Pepper to melanoma cast a cloud over the season. The memory of the Buffalo State alum and Clarence resident was cherished in several ways throughout last season - from SoHo FC (a collection of former Celtic players) donning No. 7 Pepper jerseys to a n…