Buffalo-area soccer programs are in the heart of their conference schedules, with many schools still in contention for playoff berths. While we covered Buffalo State men's soccer's 2-1 win over Plattsburgh in depth, here are five other positive results from the weekend.
1) University at Buffalo men take down West Virginia: The Bulls couldn't afford to start Mid-American Conference play with two consecutive losses; Stu Riddle's side dug back after conceding the first goal to win, 2-1, in Morgantown on Saturday.
Both UB goals came off headers, as Russell Cicerone served a left-footed cross to Tommy Fogarty-Cameron for the first goal, and then Braden Culver swung a ball in from almost the same spot onto to Scott Doney's head for the would-be game winner.
Bulls center back Fox Slotemaker made several crucial interventions, while luck was on UB's side, as the Mountaineers' Rushawn Larmond hit the post from inside the six-yard box, and Jack Elliott dribbled around UB goalkeeper Joseph Kuta but put his shot wide of the open net, both in the second half.
The Bulls return home to face Western Michigan, Riddle's former program, at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. With Cicerone's assist, he stands one point shy of 100 for his UB career.
2) St. Bonaventure men surprise Dayton: If you looked at preseason rankings alone, you'd think the Bonnies would stand no chance against defending conference champions Dayton. Kwame Oduro's St. Bonaventure squad has more resolve than ever, though, as Isaiah Wilson's bar-down goal in the 98th minute stunned the Flyers, 1-0.
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Goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis, who briefly lost his starting job earlier in the season, rose to the occasion Saturday, stopping seven shots en route to the clean sheet. Wilson, a sophomore who played as a fullback last season, has a bit of a flair for the dramatic; he also scored the winner against Davidson on a "golazo" from 20 yards out.
3) Canisius women throttle Iona: It was a good weekend for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's teams in the Big 4, as Niagara picked up its second-straight win, but Canisius, now 4-3 in conference, won emphatically over Iona, 4-1.
Griffs striker Shawna Adams registered a goal and an assist, while Gretta Dry, Emma Westwater and Melanie Linsmair also found the back of the net. Keepers Alana Rossi and Katie Aldrich shared the clean sheet. In a conference where the top six advance to the postseason, Todd Clark's Canisius side sits in fifth place with three MAAC matches to play.
[Related: Callie Good, youngsters give Canisius hope]
4) Buffalo State women take two road matches: The bad news: the Bengals allowed their first goal in 871 minutes and 56 seconds, ending Taylor Carillo and the Buffalo State defense's school-record streak. The good news: with road wins over Plattsburgh and Potsdam, the Bengals need only a draw against Oneonta on Oct. 21 or a win against New Paltz the next day to clinch the SUNYAC top seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Catherine Mammoser scored once in each match, giving her five on the season and tying her for second on the squad with Tianna Hatch. Leading scorer Melissa Smith scored the insurance goal against Plattsburgh and added a helper against Potsdam.
5) Fredonia men respond from Friday loss by squeaking past Plattsburgh: Blue Devils head coach P.J. Gondek admitted that his team responded poorly to adversity in 2015, but this year's team is mentally tougher. Fredonia overcame a Friday loss to Potsdam to trump Plattsburgh, 3-2, on Saturday.
The Cardinals had no answer for forward James Ritchie, who potted all three of Fredonia's goals in the win. Fellow East Aurora High School grad Ryan Keller found Ritchie for two of the goals, bringing his season assist total to eight, the most in the SUNYAC.
Honorable mention) D'Youville men earn first 'W' of the season: It took 14 matches, but D'Youville College men's soccer is finally in the win column, downing Pitt-Greensburg, 1-0, on an 88th-minute goal from center back and captain Josh Hammer. Peter Petruzzo kept the clean sheet, the first of his collegiate career.
*Powerhouse Broome Community College came to Orchard Park and beat both the Erie Community College men's and women's programs, as the men fell 2-1 and the women 2-0. It was the Kats' women's first loss since Sept. 7, ending their nine-game winning streak.
*While the Niagara men may be a long way from contending, their 2-1 win over Fairfield featured our goal of the week - this smash from Saiaz Saenz.
Saiaz Saenz game winner!
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