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One of the biggest frustrations in recruiting international soccer talent is predicting the transition to America. The prospect, who might have been comfortable with the style of play, physicality, language and culture of his or her home nation, often struggles for a few years - or simply never makes the adjustments - in the U.S. college soccer environment. Niagara fres…

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Legendary goalie Briana Scurry started playing soccer at age 12 growing up in Minnesota. The 48-year-old went on to become a gold medalist with the U.S. women's national soccer team at the Summer Olympics in 1996 and 2004, and she helped the team become World Cup champions in 1999. Even so, the first time she ever played for a female head coach wasn't until 2000 with…

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Buffalo college soccer has witnessed its share of highlight-reel goals. Andrew Incho's completely absurd volley for Canisius in 2011 reached No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays. UB's Russell Cicerone scored from just beyond midfield off the second-overtime kickoff in 2014 to also make the reel. The magic surrounding SUNY Buffalo State sophomore Zakaria Shaibi's la…

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St. Bonaventure head coach Kwame Oduro wasn't lying when he said he "scouted the earth" to find a left-footed center back. And in some ways, Jaaziel Thompson scouted the earth to find St. Bonaventure, so the match is both fortuitous and fitting, and it's rife with potential. The soccer journey for Thompson, a strong, 6'2 center back known to his teammates as either Jaz …

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A close friendship between a college senior and freshman is a little unusual, but don't tell that to Canisius senior goalkeeper Alana Rossi and freshman defender Abby Molloy. The duo has been integral to the Griffs' four consecutive shutouts and 5-2 non-conference record, but beyond that, there are few similarities. Rossi, an Ontario native, holds the program record …

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To better compete with U.S. soccer leagues boasting longer calendars, the National Premier Soccer League has announced an additional amateur season - comprising spring and fall - separate from the traditional summer season, which will continue. FC Buffalo, a member of the NPSL since the club's founding in 2010, is under no obligation to participate in the new season, wh…

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Thanks to Buffalo State's Theo Pencic, we have a conundrum. The Norwegian sophomore's hat trick against Houghton, rebuilding somewhat under former Daemen coach Bobby McColl, should have earned him his second consecutive D2/D3 player of the week honor. Given how many other standout performances there are each week, we've been forced to instill the Theo Pencic Rule, wh…

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While it's been a shaky start for the local NCAA Division I men's soccer programs, there's been plenty of exciting and unexpected results on the women's side. How many people thought St. Bonaventure had the slightest of chances of toppling the University at Buffalo? Over in the lower tiers, one NCAA Division 3 men's team - predicted shockingly low in their conference - …

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College soccer season is charging ahead as the calendar has turned to September, and soccer fans have been inquiring what games are worth checking out for both men's and women's programs. Here's the 2019 composite schedule - able to be sorted by men's, women's, NCAA Division I, NCAA divisions 2 or 3, and Erie Community College - thanks to the Google Calendar tool. Enjoy…

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All four Buffalo-area NCAA Division I women's soccer programs kicked off of their 2019 campaigns with non-league matches on Thursday. Half of these teams - the University at Buffalo and Niagara University - advanced to their respective conference playoffs last year, with the Purple Eagles' run to the semifinals marking the deepest of the jaunts. Although there's been…

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BSC Raiders just keep winning. Even a first-half red card to a top player, two injuries to starters and the pressure of penalty kicks wasn't enough to prevent Raiders from seizing their third straight Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division championship. With the score knotted at 1 after two 10-minute overtime sessions, Raiders' goalkeeper Justin Figler st…

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Don't hand a third-straight Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division title to the BSC Raiders quite yet, or even write Sharpshooters in pen as the dynasty's finals opponent. Of the remaining sides in the postseason, it's upstart Lackawanna FCY with perhaps the greatest potential to stun the Goliaths. Taha Omar's team scuffled a bit toward the end of the reg…

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Some players simply have a knack for excelling in clutch situations. One week after Troy Brady doomed Beast City SC in the Tehel Cup semifinals, the Queenston FC forward reserved a special encore for the final. Brady's stoppage-time goal lifted Queenston FC to a 2-1 win over Celtic United on Thursday at Nichols School. It was the second time Queenston has hoisted the tr…

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The 11-game regular season of the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division has wrapped up, and six teams sealed postseason berths in the process. Given BSC Raiders' recent dominance and Lackawanna FCY's roaring start to the season, it's not shocking that the duo claimed the coveted first-round byes. The other four playoff qualifiers, however, face do-or-d…