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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…

Buffalo & District Soccer League first division team Pendleton United had a chance to become the first non-premier or championship-level squad to reach the Tehel Cup finals in more than a decade, but Yemen Elite refused to be on the wrong side of a Cinderella story. Mateo Escobar scored twice and Kerri Pryce added a goal and an assist in Elite's 3-1 win Thursday at …

Squandering three prime scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of a match - then conceding against the run of play - can send a talented team into a foul mood; the resilient squads find a way to recover, while the others self-destruct. Buffalo United Soccer Stars (BUSS) scuffed and scowled through the first 50 minutes of their Tehel Cup quarterfinal against Buffalo Ban…

Ezana Kahsay's athleticism has never been questioned. Not at Buffalo's International Prep, Westside International Soccer, Black Watch Premier, BUSS of the Buffalo & District Soccer League or even college soccer power University of Akron. You could even argue the refugee from African nation Eritrea has the ideal soccer body - he's blessed with long legs, rapid accele…

A month ago, BN Soccer tracked which National Premier Soccer League players in the Midwest Region's Great Lakes East Conference stood out from among their peers in the first half of the season. Now, as the Erie Commodores and Dayton Dynamo prepare for their playoff match-up at 7 p.m. July 22 at Gannon University, it's time to recognize whom we think are the most valuabl…

It wasn't FC Buffalo's goal this year to play spoiler, but their 3-1 home win Friday over AFC Cleveland - which knocked the defending National Premier Soccer League champions out of the 2017 playoff race - was a storybook ending for a non-playoff team. "It's an incentive," said FC Buffalo head coach Frank Butcher of his team's desire to knock the Royals out. "We want to…

The odds were stacked against Akean Shackleford from the beginning. He was born in a tiny town called Queen Street, but spent his childhood in Savanna-la-Mar, a beach town in Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, one of the poorest on the island. One-third of the families there lived in poverty in 1998, a relative improvement on the 50 percent six years prior. Lonely Planet…

FC Buffalo has a chance to end the soccer season on a winning note - for the night and for the season. The team will play its final regular-season contest on Friday night when it hosts AFC Cleveland at All-High Stadium. Starting time is 7 p.m. Buffalo comes into the game with a 4-4-3 record. The squad made a memorable comeback last week, rallying from a 2-0 deficit t…

The biggest youth soccer club in the City of Buffalo has made a major hire, as Delaware Soccer Club announced Monday that Brendan Murphy would become the organization's new director of coaching, beginning July 7. "I am grateful to Delaware Soccer for granting me the opportunity to take on the role," Murphy said in a statement. "I have great respect for all of the people…

Laura Dougall has never been to Trinidad, but the Caribbean nation has presented her with the opportunity of a lifetime. The starting goalkeeper for the University at Buffalo women's soccer team has been recalled by new Trinidad & Tobago women's national team head coach Carolina Morace for a training camp that begins July 10. The Women Soca Warriors are expected to …

FC Buffalo received bad news just a few hours before their rivalry match with the Erie Commodores: captain and all-time appearances leader Chris Walter would miss the match due to yellow card accumulation. There was debate whether his previously served one-game suspension for a red card would erase any of his earlier bookings this season. It wasn't so. The leadership vo…

Toss aside big-picture discussions - the disappointments of the regular season and the unlikelihood of competing in the postseason - when FC Buffalo hosts the Erie Commodores in the Erie County Derby. The rivalry match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. June 30 ($7 here or $8 at the gate) at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium, is always a spirited affair, transcending win-loss rec…

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, serving as captain during her senior campaign. That team won UB's first-ever Mid-Amer…

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 – …