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The season for the women’s soccer team at SUNY Buffalo State ended with nearly a dozen players quitting and calling for the removal of the head coach. The 11 players – nearly half the team – signed on to a formal complaint against Nicholas DeMarsh, the women’s head coach of 18 years, who was described by them as being “unprofessional, hurtful and ultimately detrimental …

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Honestly, it came a little out of the blue. The Daemen women's soccer team had narrowly failed to qualify for its own conference tournament, which almost always spells doom for a program's postseason dreams. But when Dan Dolan's Wildcats heard their name called during Monday's NCAA Division II Tournament selection show, joy broke loose from a group that bought into a ne…

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Almost two decades have passed since Buffalo last boasted a professional men's soccer team. Now that two real estate developers have the franchise rights for a United Soccer League team in Buffalo, that drought seems likely to end. Connecticut-based John McClutchy and Buffalo-based Dennis Penman bought the conditional rights to start a franchise in the United Soccer Lea…

Buffalo

Professional soccer may be coming back to Buffalo. But only if the powers behind the idea can build a home for a team. A Connecticut developer and his Buffalo real estate partner want to bring a professional outdoor soccer team to the Queen City, as an expansion of the United Soccer League. The professional soccer organization has conditionally agreed to award a club…

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Fifty-five goals. That's the new target for future Daemen College women's soccer players after Jamie Boyar smashed in a rebound against St. Thomas Aquinas in the final game of her Wildcats career. The goal – also the eventual game-winner – toppled a career record that had stood for 13 years. The Williamsville South alum was a persistent thorn in the side of East Coast C…

Crime

Shelby Garigen's arrest drew attention for a lot of reasons. She served in a position of trust – athletic trainer at an elite soccer club – and stood accused of victimizing two 17-year-old boys under her watch. On top of that, she was young and female, two traits not often seen in a defendant accused of exploiting minors. On Tuesday, the 41-year-old Clarence Cente…

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Mitchell Ali's 20th goal of the season could not have come at a more crucial time. Medaille men's soccer was pressing, and the conference semifinal match against Franciscan was barreling toward tense territory. Over the first 75 minutes, the Mavs had fired 23 shots, 11 of them on goal - and come away with nothing. Frustration from blown chances became more evident in…

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While the high school season is over for the vast majority of Western New York's student-athletes, there's still a chance to make an impression on the field - especially for those with ambitions to play in college. A slew of local scouts will be on hand for Sunday's 18th annual Exceptional Seniors Game, organized by chairman Tim Kronenwetter and his Medaille College Spo…

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Josh Beshaw wanted to make sure he could walk 10 years from now. The laundry list of injuries the SUNY Buffalo State senior forward had dealt with over the past six years was staggering. A torn anterior cruciate ligament ruined his entire senior season at Lockport High School. Persistent shoulder injuries derailed his first two years at St. Bonaventure University and fo…

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The memories are still vivid in Yousif Kowa's mind. The sun would slowly set on the ragged soccer field at Front Park, where his dad would break down the parts of his game that could be corrected from that day's performance, whether it was with Hutch-Tech, Global Premier Soccer or the Western New York Flash Academy. Sometimes the training – just a few blocks from the…

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Anyone with a slight knowledge of local soccer would have predicted this year's Buffalo State men's team would finish better than seventh out of the 10-team SUNYAC. Brimming with individual talent, relentless pace and intensity; returning three All-SUNYAC picks; and benefiting from Francesco Cardillo's first full off-season as head coach, the preseason slot was insultin…

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Significant tumult before a player's senior season can be unnerving. Theoretically, it should be an athlete's best year - at the peak of experience and physical development - often the ideal circumstances to close a career on a high note. The Medaille men's soccer trio of Mitchell Ali, Matt Burke and Jonny Pitts was faced with rapidly evolving circumstances at the end o…

Obituaries

Jan. 20, 1934 – Oct. 11, 2019 For Sal Esposito, the second-winningest soccer coach in University at Buffalo sports history, the most memorable triumph may have come in a home game on Sept. 27, 1977, at Rotary Field. Against powerhouse Cleveland State, the Bulls pulled off a 2-1 victory – one of UB’s biggest sports upsets of all time. “Goliath has been slain,” repo…

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One of the toughest lessons Gurjeena Jandu has learned is that less can sometimes be more. When superstar teammate Carissima Cutrona tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee on the final day of last September, cutting short her marvelous career, Jandu - the other captain for University at Buffalo women's soccer - felt responsible to keep the Bulls together after …