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It's possible the Buffalo State men's soccer team looked beyond first-round opponent Geneseo toward fellow nationally ranked SUNYAC foes Oneonta and especially Cortland, the No. 1 seed that's knocked the Bengals out the last two years. But it wasn't complacency that plagued Mark Howlett's squad on the field in a shocking 2-0 defeat to the Knights at Buffalo State Saturd…

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Enduring two grueling months of the college soccer season has rewarded several programs with a chance at competing in their respective conference tournaments. While the NCAA Division I schools have a few more matches before the postseason begins, the NCAA Division III sides begin the do-or-die part of their season on Saturday. Fortunately, all of the NCAA Division II…

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There was a scenario where, if the Medaille men's soccer team beat Penn State-Behrend on Tuesday at D'Youville, the Mavericks would win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title, earn a first-round bye and avoid facing both Mount Aloysius and Behrend in the postseason. Behind an incredibly disciplined and organized defense - as well as the stella…

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Noah Keem scored 62 goals in a sterling high school career at Sweet Home, so it seemed a little unusual to see him at center back and fullback as a freshman for the Daemen Wildcats. After all, Daemen had scored a conference-low 17 goals in 2016 - the Wildcats' second season, officially, in NCAA Division II - with exactly zero goals returning this fall, as leading scorer…

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Melvin Blair's eyes got really, really big. A lofted ball forward met the chest of Canisius striker Filippo Tamburini, with Blair lurking a few paces behind, eager to have a try at goal. Tamburini's layoff was exceptional, and the Jamaican midfielder sizzled a right-footed volley under the crossbar for a 1-0 Griffs lead in the first minute, and Canisius never looked …

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As the quality of girls youth soccer development has risen in the Buffalo area over the last five to 10 years, local college programs have begun to feel the benefit. Look no farther than Daemen College, who jumped from NAIA to NCAA Division II officially in 2013. Although Wildcats head coach Dan Dolan has supplemented his roster with players outside the area, Daemen's t…

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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…