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WNY Colleges: Bengals climb to 14th in men's soccer poll

SUNY Buffalo State climbed three places to 14th in this week's United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III poll after posting victories last weekend at Plattsburgh and Potsdam. The Bengals (12-1-2) equaled a school record with their 12-game undefeated streak (10-0-2). Buffalo State's 12 wins are the most for a season since they won 14 in 1984.

Nick Pavone leads the Bengals in scoring with seven goals and 19 points. Ali Shawish (Lackawanna), August Finn and Sofiane Hamadi have three goals each. Goalkeeper Andreas Queen shut out Plattsburgh and Potsdam to set a school record with eight shutouts for the season.

The Bengals will close its State University of New York Athletic Conference regular season play against seventh-ranked Oneonta at 3 p.m. on Friday and New Paltz at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Freshman forward Noah Keem (Sweet Home) continued his late season surge, scoring in the 99th minute to give Daemen a 3-2 overtime victory over Queens College in Flushing. Keem has posted all 18 of his points (seven goals, four assists) over the last seven games as the Wildcats have gone 4-3. Daemen twice came back to the game on goals by Craig Buchanan in the 38th minute and Brage Wiik in the 80th. Goalkeeper Mike D'Amato made six saves in the victory.

The postseason hopes of the Daemen women's soccer team took a hit with a 4-0 loss at Queens. Daemen is 7-6-1, 3-4 East Coast Conference. The top four teams make the ECC playoffs.  Bridgeport 3-2-1 with a game in hand moved ahead of Daemen into fourth place with a win over New York Tech on Wednesday.

Hunter Sherman (Lockport) scored three goals and assisted on another as D'Youville (3-10-1, 2-5 AMCC) defeated Hilbert, 5-1, in their Allegheny Mountains College Conference men's soccer match in Hamburg. Brandon Bundschuh had the long goal for Hilbert (0-14, 0-8 AMCC).

In women's soccer, Victoria Mayer scored the game-winner in the 32nd minute in a 3-0 victory for D'Youville (3-10, 2-5 AMCC) over Hilbert (2-11-1, 2-6-0 AMCC). Marina Campbell and Jennifer Hoffman also scored for the Spartans. Megan Dulniak made three saves for the shutout.

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