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Elin Eklund's second-half goal gave the Rochester Lady Lancers a 2-1 victory over the Western New York Saturday evening and eliminated the Flash from playoff qualification in United Women's Soccer. Carisima Cutrona (University at Buffalo) scored in the 11th minute for the Flash on a feed from Jenna Raepple (Grand Island) a minute after Carolina Kopp had scored for Rochest…

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It's not as simple as "win and you're in," but there's never been a more meaningful game in the short United Women's Soccer history of the Western New York Flash. At 6 p.m. July 14 at D'Youville College's Dobson Field, the Flash (5-4) will take on the Rochester Lancers in the regular season finale, with a clouded playoff picture desperate to be cleared up. A win won'…

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Canisius men's soccer coach Dermot McGrane will be serving as a guest correspondent for The Buffalo News during the World Cup. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, McGrane has been at Canisius since 2011 after nine years as coach at Niagara. McGrane is originally from Leicester, England, and has been coaching at U.S. colleges since 1995.  Fit…

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For a Tehel Cup quarterfinal match between two of the top sides in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division, the result was surprisingly lopsided. BSC Raiders' Kendell McFayden scored once and added two assists in his team's 3-0 blanking of the Amherst Sharpshooters on Thursday at Sparky Adams Field in Kenmore. John Grabowski and Chris Walter were on …

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How can you explain a 0-3 record at home when the same team has won all five of its road games? In sports at large, home field is almost universally an advantage - ask Russia at the World Cup - but the Western New York Flash, in a surprising 2-1 loss to the Connecticut Fusion on Saturday at D'Youville College, didn't look like a team tied for first place in the United W…

Hunter Walsh starting in place of Austin Stout, who was out with illness, scored twice in the first half in FC Buffalo’s 5-1 victory at the last place Greater Binghamton Football Club Thunder on Saturday at Visions Field in Binghamton. FC Buffalo closed its National Premier League season with a 6-4-2 record but missed the East Conference Division playoffs. Walsh also assi…

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On the surface, the Connecticut United Women's Soccer team's six-hour trip to D'Youville College would seem a major advantage for the Western New York Flash, which hosts the Fusion at 6 p.m. July 7 at Dobson Field. But, despite a sparkling 5-0 road record, head coach Matt Waddington's Flash remains win-less at home, and the 2018 regular-season slate concludes with Weste…

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How is the World Cup faring on television in Western New York? The answer is complicated for a variety of reasons. Many World Cup viewers aren't being counted because they are watching at area bars, such as Hertel soccer bar Mes Que and a smattering of other destinations. The matches in Russia are carried here in the morning and afternoon during work hours, which …

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The stage was set for an epic Erie County Derby, the designation for the rivalry between National Premier Soccer League sides FC Buffalo and the Erie Commodores. More than 700 fans rallied on a steamy night at All-High Stadium, anxious to see if the local amateur team could seize control of a playoff spot with just one game to play. There was no better opponent for this…

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Canisius men's soccer coach Dermot McGrane will be serving as a guest correspondent for The Buffalo News during the World Cup. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, McGrane has been at Canisius since 2011 after nine years as coach at Niagara. McGrane is originally from Leicester, England, and has been coaching at U.S. colleges since 1995.  The…

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For a neutral viewer, FC Buffalo's first meeting with rival Erie this season will be remembered as a serious contender for match of the year - not because it was pretty, but more for its frenzied conclusion. Three goals - two by Erie, one by the Wolves - between the 88th and 94th minutes vaulted Dale White's squad to a dramatic 4-3 win at Edinboro University on May 26. …

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One thing you may not know about Silo City owner Rick Smith is his love for soccer. The Buffalo businessman, whose dedication to smartly "regenerating" a section of the city's grain elevators has drawn the attention of the New York Times and a few international outlets, visited Tottenham years ago and took in a Spurs match; he's been a supporter ever since. A short d…

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In a match with serious playoff implications, FC Buffalo sparkled. Goals from Troy Brady, Gary Boughton and Keane McIvor, plus a clean sheet from Steve Casey, helped the Wolves to a comprehensive 3-0 win over the Rochester Lancers Friday night at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. "Overall, just a real solid game," remarked FC Buffalo head coach Frank Butcher. "[We're]…

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The story of how Buffalo State men's soccer star Luke Pavone landed his first professional contract is one of Jewish descent, the support of a best friend and teammate, personal resilience and a fierce commitment to training. On June 25, the second-team NCAA Division III All-American will land in Petah Tikva, Israel, to prepare for training with the city's second-divisi…