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BN Soccer's tour around local college soccer begins with a deeper look into the University at Buffalo women's soccer team, which enters Friday's Big 4 rivalry tilt, at UB Stadium against St. Bonaventure, with an impressive 5-1 start to the season. As we will with as many local teams as possible this fall, here are five storylines to know before checking out the Bulls in…

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St. Bonaventure men vs. Niagara 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marra Field (3261 W. State St., Olean). What to know about St. Bonaventure: Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Bonnies, head coach Kwame Oduro finally has a team he's assembled on his own. And the side he's constructed is difficult to play against: they're very athletic, pressure the ball relentlessly and have…

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Joseph “Trey” Buscaglia III, leading scorer and senior captain for the Williamsville East boys soccer team, not only competes against his opponents when he’s on the field. He’s also trying to get the best of his younger sister, Bella. “It’s a little family rivalry,” Trey said. “We come home and we see how many goals we scored, who had more, or whose team is racking up mo…

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University at Buffalo women vs. Canisius 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at UB Stadium (North Campus, Amherst). What to know about UB: The pressing question went from "Who will replace graduated Laura Dougall?" to "Will Emily Kelly ever allow a goal?" The freshman keeper from Wilson, a product of the Western New York Flash Academy, has kept three straight clean sheets for Shawn Burke's…

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Just a few days into the 2018 Buffalo-area men's college soccer season, there are already too many story lines for us to reasonably manage. Canisius coming back from 3-0 to fall 3-2 to No. 5-ranked Michigan State? Buffalo State beginning the post-Howlett Era with a confident 3-0 win over rebuilding Elmira? Kwame Oduro's St. Bonaventure squad looking capable of another t…

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Medaille College on Monday officially confirmed that it will be the anchor tenant of the planned new $4 million athletic complex that is now being developed by developer Jon M. Williams at the former Buffalo Color site on Elk and Lee streets in Buffalo. The new facility, dubbed the Medaille Sports Complex at Buffalo Color Park, will become the school's home field for pr…

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Maybe you're eager to see what University at Buffalo forward Carissima Cutrona has planned for her final season as a college player. Or perhaps you're intrigued by Canisius College's 2-0 start, with Todd Clark's side looking more balanced than ever. Or it's possible your interests lie in NCAA Division 2 and 3, where Buffalo State College continues its rebuild, D'Youvill…

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To the surprise of virtually no one, BSC Raiders claimed the 2018 Buffalo & District Soccer League Premier Division title, sealing the club's first-ever Treble and undefeated season. And while it's tempting to include most of the champions' starting lineup in this end-of-year awards column, several other players on the league's other 11 teams stood out enough to warran…

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National Premier Soccer League club FC Buffalo proved once again that it can be part of a path to the professional ranks, as Wolves attacking center midfielder Keane McIvor has signed a contract with Swedish second division club Gottne IF.. "It’s a great feeling to actually get started with something [I’ve] always wanted to do," McIvor said in a message. "Division 2 is …

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Finally, there's movement in the Rochester's hiatus from professional soccer. If all goes as planned, the Rochester Rhinos men's soccer team will take part in the 2020 United Soccer League Division 3 season. Owners David and Wendy Dworkin announced Wednesday, via the club website, that the Rhinos have been approved by the United Soccer League to join the new third tier …

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A tournament match last July had both immediate and longterm effects on the Buffalo & District Soccer League. The upstart Williamsville Willies, a Championship Division team then, upset Premier side BSC Raiders in the Tehel Cup's Round of 16, a "shock the world" result that hinted at a changing of the guard in the BDSL, a sign young players were beginning to take the m…

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There's been no Cinderella run in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's playoffs for the Premier and Championship divisions. The top two seeds in each held serve last Sunday, with all four of the victors registering clean sheets. The most nervy of the semifinals was BSC International's overtime win over feisty Niagara FC, as it took an overtime brace from Buffalo S…

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Only four teams remain in contention in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division playoffs, and just two of them were projected to make it this far. Sunday's semifinal match-ups for the league's top tier are staggered so you can watch both live, if you're that devoted to men's amateur soccer in Buffalo. Here's the rundown for each game. No. 1 seed BSC…

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The familiar refrain the last few Buffalo & District Soccer League seasons is that if BSC Raiders have a full allotment of players at a given match, they're going to win. And, considering Raiders haven't suffered a league or Tehel Cup defeat since a 2-0 forfeit loss to Clarence more than a year ago, attendance hasn't been too much of a problem. Behind two goals f…