Scheduled BDSL games fall on both Mother's Day and Father's Day, and many teams find themselves shorthanded due to family commitments. Missing players can lead to some topsy-turvy results, which you'll see in the scores and sums below.
BSC Raiders 5, BUSS 5
Quick sum: Raiders are not usually a team that melts down, but some chinks in the armor appeared Sunday as BUSS fought back from down 5-1 in the second half to knot the game at the final whistle. Two goals from Peter Marlette Jr. and sterling play from Polo Suazo and Mate Tarr helped fuel the comeback, which you can read about in more detail here from the BUSS manager.
Drawing the then-league leaders in such dramatic fashion is the high point of the season for BUSS, which remains in 10th place but could prove dangerous following the confidence gained from this result.
For Raiders, Tony Mermigas scored twice and added an assist, while Kwadwo Asante found the back of the net and tacked on two helpers.
Yemen Elite 3, Queenston FC 1
Quick sum: Who says week-to-week momentum doesn't exist? After upsetting Sharpshooters the weekend prior, Elite emphasized their width and pace in toppling the Parliament. Maligned early in the campaign because of two losses out of the gate, Faress Saleh's team hasn't lost since May 8 and has pulled 11 points from their last five games.
Ali Adil, Kovan Menr and Adel Rahman scored for Elite, while Chris Griffiths, Sammy Kassem and Maxwell Chirwa tallied assists. Yemen have BSC Raiders next on their schedule. After sitting pretty two weeks ago, consecutive losses have Queenston out of the playoffs if the season were to end today.
SoHo FC 5, Roos FC 1
Quick sum: SoHo kept rolling with a comfortable win over Roos, and Jay Manno and Chris Sullivan's side is now locked into a tie for second place with Raiders.
Former University at Buffalo and FC Buffalo striker Andy Tiedt paved the way with two goals and two assists, while Pablo Ordonez's two helpers pushed him ahead of Elite's Adel Rahman for the league lead. Ryan Mangano, Austin Tom and Charlie Woods notched single tallies.
Although it was a forgettable performance for Roos, St. Bonaventure midfielder-forward Josh Beshaw was cleared from a shoulder injury and took the field for the first time this season. If he returns to game fitness quickly, he could help Roos fight off demotion to championship.
Clarence 2, Celtic United 0
Quick sum: Celtic United's three-game win streak was snapped by steady Clarence, which climbs to within a point of Raiders and SoHo. Gary Boughton and Andrew Incho produced the goals, while goalkeeper Len Previte preserved the clean sheet, stopping a United penalty kick in the process. Read an entertaining take on the match by the Yotes' David Martinez.
Attendance issues bit Celtic especially hard, as they fought through the match with no substitutes. On a more positive note, United didn't get scored on in the run of play, as both Clarence markers came off set pieces.
[Look back at the BDSL scores and sums from Week 6]
Amherst Sharpshooters 6, BSC International 1
Quick sum: An anticipated blowout was close for longer than many expected, but Sharpshooters got hungry second half and buried Inter. BN Soccer Midseason Best XI pick Regan Steele posted two goals and two assists, while co-manager Trevor Lawler potted two of his own, plus an assist. Eric Brodfuehrer and Justin Hofschneider, whose last names combine for 23 letters (repeats accepted), also struck a worthy final ball.
Former Lazio midfielder Derek O'Brien scored Inter's only goal against several of his former teammates.
Rogue FC vs. FC Yemen
Quick sum: This result was initially deemed a Rogue forfeit, as the club's managers did not have the team player passes required to play. Referees gave FC Yemen the choice to take the win or play the match, and they chose the former (which raised some eyebrows on Twitter).
Following the social media discussion, the BDSL league office has given FC Yemen the choice to take the three points from the forfeit, but the match won't count toward the one-game suspension facing three FCY players stemming from a card-marred loss to BSC Raiders the week before. If Yemen choose to reschedule Rogue FC, then they won't keep the automatic three points but will have to sit the three red-carded players for the new date.
We fully expect FC Yemen to take the three points -- crucial to their quest to avoid relegation -- and do their best to compensate for a shorthanded lineup this weekend.
Niagara FC 2, Buffalo Celtic 1
Quick sum: Liam McIntosh buried a free kick and Nick Colao scored his second of the season, which allowed the favorites to overcome a strange own goal. The win puts Niagara FC in a three-way tie for third place in championship with East Aurora and Lykan. Buffalo Celtic remains win-less and has scored only two goals through seven matches.
Lykan FC 2, Celtic Hoops 0
Quick sum: The victors hadn't scored a goal in over a month until the two-spot on Sunday, courtesy of Nick Sortisio and Elliot Griffin. Former Celtic United midfielder Brian Cleary and Stephen Scott posted assists, while Lykan keeper Bobby McGinnis is making a compelling case for post-season first-team honors.
OP Alliance 3, Polonia 1
Quick sum: OP Alliance took advantage of Polonia having neither of their goalkeepers available, doubling their season total in goals in the win. Ryan McMaster, Conner Saeli and Noah Kohl struck for Orchard Park, while Miro Chalupka tallied for Polonia, which will now try to ward off Celtic Hoops and Alliance in avoiding the second relegation spot.
Wolfpack 3, Lakeside 2
Quick sum: Wolfpack jump back over .500 after two straight losses, eking past Lakeside behind goals from Caleb Richards, Michael Costanza and Nick Cavalieri. Tyler Eister slotted both goals for Lakeside in the losing effort. The playoff race is tight in championship, and Wolfpack are right in the thick of it. Don't rule out Lakeside, which sits just two points out.
Buffalo Bantu 1, East Aurora FC 1
Quick sum: The championship division game of the week fell with a relatively resounding thud, as neither East Aurora nor Bantu were able to pick up three points from this one. A pair of Fredonia College teammates scored in this match, in Bantu's Mohamed Hussein and East Aurora's Parker Healy.
Southtowns FPFC 1, Rangers 0
Quick sum: Phil Pinzone scored his team-leading fifth goal -- and earned the message-board wrath of the losing side -- and Southtowns FPFC's defense kept fearsome Rangers attacker Dom Parisi off the board for one of the first times this season.
Southtowns are close to clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs, boasting a four-point edge at the top with only four games remaining. Without points in two straight matches, Rangers sit in seventh, one point out of the playoffs.
FC Quake 5, RVS United 0
Williamsville Willies 3, Hamburg Monarchs 0
Beast City SC 4, Alden 0
Panthers 2, SPAL Buffalo 0
Buffalo Gunners 2, Catan FC 1
Elmwood Saints FC 8, Nickel City Wanderers 0
Amherst Alliance 1, Depew Village 0
Celtic 1888 5, Meerkats FC 3
Tonawanda United 5, West Side FC 4
WNY United Reds 2, Ukraine 1
FC Yemen II 1, Buffalo Blizzard FC 0
DSC Buffalo 3, Crimson Fire 0
Pendleton United FC 4, Rampart FC 1
Cheektowaga 6, PLYSA Toros 0
Devils 3, Revolution SC 0
FK Bosna 7, FC Aftershock 3
Dutch FC 2, Haz Benz 1
Aurora Arsenal II 1, Rust Belt United 0
La Salle 4, Great White Buffalo 1
Youngstown Marksmen 2, Stone Jug 1
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