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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…

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2019 is a difficult season to wrap up for FC Buffalo. There were highs: a 10th anniversary trip to Germany, where the National Premier Soccer League team became the first to play a match in a foreign country, as well as a meaningful friendly against FC St. Pauli, a second-division Bundesliga side who became the highest-profile opponent to play here in at least the last thr…

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The last taste of the Tehel Cup finals was a bitter one for Queenston FC, which fell to FC Yemen in 2015 after winning the amateur men's soccer tournament the year prior. And four years later, those memories still fuel the handful of players remaining from that losing side. Troy Brady and Ross Suitor, two players who felt the sting of that 2015 loss, propelled Queenston…

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The U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 World Cup championship game victory over Netherlands also was a big winner for local Fox affiliate WUTV. The game had a 9.5 local rating on WUTV, slightly below the 10.0 rating the game had in overnight ratings in metered markets. The rating doesn’t include viewers streaming the game or the local viewers who watched on Telemundo or in …

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Sometimes it takes a moment of brilliance from an unexpected source to keep postseason dreams alive. That's what FC Buffalo experienced in Friday's dramatic 2-2 draw against the Erie Commodores at Gannon University. Subbed on in the 90th minute, seldom-used reserve Taner Bay cracked a wonder-strike that froze Erie goalkeeper Chris Ralph and salvaged a road point for the…

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This is another edition of What Is Western New York Watching: The United States women’s soccer team’s 2-1 win over England in the semifinals of the World Cup had a 6.0 rating Tuesday on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The rating peaked at an 8.3 at game’s end. To put the rating in perspective, the highest-rated prime-time program Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent,” had a…

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Farouk Majeed needed a left defender. The Journey's End soccer coach peered down his sideline, weighing his options. An older, bigger Eritrean opponent had already scored a second goal, and Majeed didn't want to concede more. From a spectator's standpoint, his options for substitutes were fascinating. Kids who'd escaped war, poverty and oppression in Sudan, Afghanistan …