The flip throw-in is a lost art in soccer. You don't see it in the English Premier League or Major League Soccer, where players are strong enough to heave the ball to their target without added propulsion from the flip. Few players can actually accomplish the acrobatic toss -- which takes a frightening level of coordination and can be embarrassing when it goes wrong -- but it's a useful weapon to have.
Buffalo State's Alexis Carillo, a freshman midfielder, has mastered the flip-throw, and it paid dividends in the Bengals' SUNYAC regular season title-clinching win over Oneonta. In the 67th minute, defender Gabrianna Boldinski flicked Carillo's throw-in blindly behind her, where it surprised Red Dragons keeper Rori Stark and caromed down off the crossbar and in.
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A senior and alumnus of Kenmore East High School, Boldinski captured SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, her second such award this season.
While both Buffalo State and Oneonta had clinched first-round byes in the SUNYAC Tournament before they met Saturday, the regular-season champion and top seed in the tournament was on the line, and it took heroics from Carillo and Boldinski to seal the program's first-ever title. Since the record-season champion has been recognized (2000), Oneonta had captured 12 of the 15 entering this year.
The Bengals play the winner of Plattsburgh and Brockport at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Buffalo State's Coyer Field.
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