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Late August brings new hope to local NCAA Division I college soccer programs, as both the men's and women's teams of the Big 4 schools have their sights set on improving on last year's achievements. Below is a Google Calendar with all of the D-1 home matches, with times and locations, through the end of the regular season. It's an easy way to stay connected with the col…

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Moments of athletic brilliance outside the framework of in-game action captivate fans. Take the trick-shot videos from former Bills QB Alex Tanney, or the old Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonald's commercials from the NBA, for example. The Syracuse men's soccer team, fresh off its first College Cup appearance last fall, completed the vaunted "header challenge" earlier this…

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The 2016 Buffalo & District Soccer League season is now in the books, with five champions crowned across all divisions. Only one of the title games went to penalty kicks, although two of the other four were decided by a single goal. Here are the rundowns, with plenty of photos, of the five matches on Sunday at Nichols: PREMIER DIVISION Amherst Sharpshooters 2, SoHo …

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The Buffalo & District Soccer League's championship Sunday at Nichols School never fails to draw a crowd, especially for the premier and championship division title games, both scheduled for 6 p.m. If you just love local soccer as a whole, matches will be going on from 1:30 to 8 in the same place. Some of the best high school players in Western New York, dating back d…

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Ryan Schroen, just named man of the match in Clarence Yotes' 3-1 Tehel Cup championship win over Celtic United, neatly encapsulated the purpose of the BDSL, Buffalo's competitive men's soccer league, and its single-elimination tournament. "If this is what's after college [soccer], I'm happy with it," said the long-time Canisius College center back. "It's lot of fun, it's …

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While most American college soccer teams have just started preseason, the Buffalo State men's soccer team is smack in the middle of their tour of England, splitting two friendly matches and visiting several iconic sites so far. Among the highlights is a 4-3 win over the AFC Bournemouth under-18 team on Thursday, with the Bengals' goals coming from Maissa Dieye, Devonte Bl…

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The championship matches have been set for all five Buffalo & District Soccer League divisions, and many were decided in nailbiting fashion, as a whopping four of the 10 semifinals went to penalty kicks. With the exception of the premier division, the winners below have all earned promotion to the next level by advancing to the division finals. Below are the results,…

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The Buffalo & District Soccer League quarterfinals in premier and championship went largely as predicted. Sure, that's kind of boring, but it does set up some brilliant semifinal clashes this Sunday. Interesting fact: Both premier division semifinal match-ups represent the third time this season that the clubs have squared off. In other words, they're very familiar wi…

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One of the beauties of soccer is that a match can change in an instant; fortunes can change in a blink of an eye. In a 90-minute match that featured just one goal, a 20-second segment was the difference in Celtic United's 1-0 win over Rogue FC in the Tehel Cup semifinals Thursday at Nichols School. Rogue's Kyle Kleckner bulldozed forward from his holding midfield positio…

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England is one of the world's hotbeds for soccer. On the men's side, the English Premier League boasts a fanatical following and is widely considered the best league in the world, from top to bottom. Lost in the recent hubbub over the English men's team's stumble in Euro 2016 was the women's national team's third-place finish at the 2015 World Cup, easily the country's bes…

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With the exception of one minor upset, all of the higher seeds won in the BDSL premier and championship division playoffs. Boo! The results set up some truly scintillating semifinals contests, though, which we'll include in this post and elaborate on Saturday morning. PREMIER DIVISION BSC Raiders 5, Celtic United 0 Quick sum: Well, this was anticlimactic. Celtic United'…

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The true elimination matches are now upon us. With the Buffalo & District Soccer League's new playoff setup, which allows for six playoff spots and two first-round byes, two quarterfinal matches from each of the five divisions will take place on Sunday across the Buffalo area. From the premier and championship divisions, here's what's on deck for Sunday: No. 3 seed B…

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If teams try to match the two-time defending Buffalo & District Soccer League champion BSC Raiders in possession and scoring chances, it's inviting trouble. But in their Tehel Cup semifinal, fellow premier division side Clarence Yotes came equipped with a smart plan and executed clinically, knocking out Raiders by a 4-2 score on Thursday night at Niagara University. …

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The 2016 Buffalo & District Soccer League regular season is in the books, with the exception of one rescheduled premier division game that will determine one of the relegated sides. Here's what happened in Week 11 of the BDSL: PREMIER DIVISION FC Yemen 5, Celtic United 2 Quick sum: With FC Yemen needing a win to stave off relegation and Celtic already wrapped into …

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If "a cold night in Stoke" is the English Premier League's version of the least ideal conditions in which to play soccer, perhaps the Buffalo & District Soccer League's comparison is a 4 p.m. match on Nichols' turf during a 93-degree afternoon. And hey, that's just what's happening in the final week of the amateur men's league's regular season! Fortunately for the upp…