Call it the Tussle in the Tundra, or maybe the Haggle on Hoth. Regardless of the chilling title, Sunday's 2 p.m. outdoor play-in match to represent Western New York Soccer Association in the USASA Amateur Cup promises to be quite the spectacle.
Sharpshooters, representing the Buffalo & District Soccer League, will travel to Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr., Rochester) to play the RiverDogz Reserves of the Rochester & District Soccer League for a spot in the cup quarterfinals. The winner will face defending Amateur Cup champions Christos FC in Maryland on April 9. See the full bracket here.
Winter Storm Stella dropped 20 inches over a span of two days on Rochester, but the hosts are confident in their ability to prepare the turf field in time for Sunday. The game-time temperature is expected to be in the mid-30s with cloudy skies.
Both the BDSL and RDSL sides had to submit their rosters in advance of Sunday's play-in game, although these are subject to change:
Sharpshooters will bring a side rich in continuity and experience, highlighted by a big, physical defense and a composed midfield. Buffalo State alum Cody Rouse will make his Sharpshooters debut, while J.J. Hughes joins the fray for the tourney.
Matt Campana rejoins the side after a few years away, strengthening the left side. Newcomer Noah Smith will serve as a backup goalkeeper to Adam Durst.
The RiverDogz Reserves roster boasts eight players from the senior team's 2016 roster, including standout midfielder Rafael Godoi, former FC Buffalo midfielder Anthony Rozzano, versatile defender Jake Schindler and target striker Isaac Kissi.
There are Buffalo ties to current Buffalo State College players Luke Pavone and Will Banahene, as well as former Medaille keeper Tyler Brew. Jared and Jesse Toth are brothers who played their college soccer at Houghton.
Expect live tweets and a full game recap on BN Soccer.