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Look north to Monteagle Ridge, and you'll see an early success story in Western New York college soccer. The Niagara University women's soccer team has jumped out to a 4-2-1 start before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play begins Saturday against Monmouth. That's a far cry from the 1-5-1 start to the 2016 campaign, but the explanation for the turnaround is relativel…

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It's incredibly difficult to start a college sports program from scratch. Villa Maria College is learning that harsh reality, as athletic director Don Silveri confirmed the men's team would not be able to continue its season due to a lack of players. Here's the statement that was sent to alert the opponents' athletic directors and coaches: "I want to make all awar…

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The high school soccer season is three weeks old, and a crop of contenders for the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for boys soccer is taking form. Following in the footsteps of Pa Lu, Troy Brady, Shane Greene and Brandon Galanti, the next player to receive the honor might not be a forward or attacking midfielder. In fact, the first two players on this list - which…

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Meghan Root is back doing the carrying on the pitch instead of being carried around to spots on it by her coach. It's a situation the Pioneer girls soccer star is grateful to be experiencing again. The Panthers' all-time scoring leader is pain free and thriving again in the sport she loves after missing all of last season while recovering from surgical procedures tha…

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1) Medaille men (4-1) vs. Buffalo State (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at D'Youville College's Dobson Field. Why you should care: With apologies to Fredonia State, the top two local NCAA Division III teams square off on Saturday afternoon, as Micky Blythe's Mavericks will tussle with Mark Howlett's Bengals. Last year's meeting was one-sided - Buffalo State cruised to …

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The Canisius men's soccer team spent much of the week leading up to Friday's rivalry match against St. Bonaventure working on defending corner kicks. The Bonnies had scored all but one of their six goals off set pieces, so it was logical for Dermot McGrane's side to be prepared. As it turned out, the training for dead-ball situations paid off even more for the Griffs' a…

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Two years ago, Canisius men's soccer head coach Dermot McGrane referred to the first month of team activities as the "worst preseason in his 20 years of coaching." That team was riddled with injuries - nine starters missed action - and a resulting lack of cohesion; the Griffs went on three- and four-game losing streaks before Oct. 10. A repeat of that preseason was unim…

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The devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas has sent tremors through the country, and the Western New York soccer community will host an event to support the relief efforts. The Western New York Flash Academy and West Seneca Soccer Club present a night of youth pickup soccer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St., West Seneca)…

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The non-conference portion of the college soccer schedule is in full swing, and while these contests may not have the importance of conference matches, local rivalries or match-ups between unusual foes help compensate. For a composite calendar of all the home college soccer matches for fall 2017, go here. 1) St. Bonaventure men vs. Canisius, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at…

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Almost one year ago, Troy Brady suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee, abruptly ending his freshman season at Canisius. The months of grueling recovery exercises paid off, as a rejuvenated Brady smashed a right-footed strike inside the near post just 30 seconds into the first overtime to give the Golden Griffins a golden-goal, 4-3 victory over Rob…

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From Olean to Niagara, Western New York is home to a wealth of college soccer programs, ranging from NCAA Division I to NJCAA Division 3. The season is packed into two months, with matches seemingly on top of each other. In order to keep the schedule straight, we've created five separate Google Calendars, split into D1 men, D1 women, D2 & D3 men, D2 & D3 women a…

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It had been seven years since Canisius College women's soccer last beat the University at Buffalo, and when the Bulls' Carissima Cutrona scored four minutes into Tuesday's clash, the trend seemed likely to continue. Not so fast. Canisius freshman Emily Porteous equalized on a right-footed blast in the 69th minute, then classmate Shauna Lee finished a counterattack sp…

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Laura Ortiz wrapped up her decorated Niagara soccer career when she graduated this spring, and while her talented roommate Eva Bachmann was back in the fold, another Purple Eagles attacker would need to step up to fill the void left by the Spanish playmaker. On Friday against Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure, that was Canadian freshman Bayley Sullivan, who came off the bench…

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Feeling left out isn't fun. In an attempt to secure hosting privileges for North America at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the United Bid Committee released a proposal of stadiums in 34 cities in the United States, seven in Canada and three in Mexico that would be suitable for hosting a World Cup match. As ESPN FC noted, Buffalo's New Era Field is the lone National Footbal…

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The Western New York Flash's first season in United Women's Soccer zoomed by at a rapid rate, but lost in the whirlwind campaign was the amateur women's side's sterling finish. Head coach Gary Bruce's team took three of their last four matches, including two against rival Rochester Lancers, en route to a respectable 4-4-2 record and fifth place in the UWS East Conferenc…