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We're happy to post the debut of the Football Club of Buffalo podcast, which first airs at 5 p.m. Mondays on 91.3 FM WBNY, the affiliate station of Buffalo State College. Hosts are Nick Mendola, co-owner of FC Buffalo and writer for ProSoccerTalk at NBC Sports, and me, who says "cool" several times in his first few sentences. Start listening through the embedded SoundClo…

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The result: The Akron Zips, the No. 4-ranked team in the country, won their eighth Mid-American Conference title in the last nine years with a narrow 1-0 victory over upstart University at Buffalo on Sunday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. With the loss, the Bulls' season ends with a record of 8-7-4 and the title of MAC runners-up. The game was over when: N…

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This week, University at Buffalo head coach Stu Riddle convinced his Bulls that they were destined for the Mid-American Conference final, and his two most dynamic players rose to the occasion in UB's come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win over Western Michigan on Friday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field. Newly minted conference player of the year Russell Ciceron…

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The University at Buffalo men's soccer team faces a fairly unusual scenario: its opponent in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals, Western Michigan, is the same team the Bulls lost to in last Saturday's regular season finale. Needless to say, the foes are familiar, and the pre-match storylines run even deeper. We'll be trekking down to the University of Akron…

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The accolades keep piling up for University at Buffalo midfielder Russell Cicerone. After being selected to the All-Mid-American Conference squad the last two years, the junior has been dubbed the conference's player of the year on Thursday in a vote by MAC coaches. Whether he's sliced up and down the left wing or assumed a free role behind the striker, Cicerone has been…

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Section VI boasts a wealth of student-athletes now competing in NCAA Division I soccer. We may call them #PrepTalkAlumni, but they're the proud products of four areas of development: strong Western New York high school programs, burgeoning elite youth academies, longstanding town travel clubs and the internal drive of these athletes (and in many cases, their parents) to r…

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Facing the dawn of 2018 World Cup Qualifying on Friday, the United States Men's National Team desperately needs a win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) to curb the side's recent struggles. Here's a quick list of what's gone wrong since July 22: *The Yanks lost in the Gold Cup semifinals to Jamaica, failing to reach the final for the first time …

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Niagara University men's soccer will begin the search for a new head coach, as the school confirms that Eric Barnes will not have his contract renewed. In Barnes' three years at the helm, Niagara accrued a record of 11-39-7, reaching the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference postseason just once, in 2015, when the entire conference qualified for Disney. The Purple Eagles los…

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Local premier soccer club Empire United and the Buffalo Blizzard have joined forces to present the annual Exceptional Seniors soccer game, shining a spotlight on the talent among soon-to-be Western New York high school graduates who aim to play in college. This year's match begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at Sahlen's Sports Park (7070 Seneca St., Elma), and we've received the gam…

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Nick DeMarsh would prefer his 2015 Buffalo State women's soccer team to be remembered for something other than the majestic goal that clinched the SUNYAC regular season title. That goal, where Alexis Carillo's flip throw-in met Gabrianna Boldinski's head against Oneonta, has been trumpeted by local and national media, giving a quietly improving program an unexpected dose …

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University at Buffalo goalie Laura Dougall usually isn't brimming with confidence at the prospect of penalty kicks, but you wouldn't believe that after she stumped three Central Michigan shooters in the Bulls' dramatic 2-2 (3-1 in PKs) win at UB Stadium in the Mid-American quarterfinals. With the score knotted at 2 after two overtime sessions, the Chippewas shot first in …

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There should be absolutely no debate over the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10. After potting three goals and adding two assists against Rider on Wednesday, red-hot Melvin Blair added two more goals in Canisius' 3-1 win over Manhattan on Senior Night at Demske Sports Complex. While his goal that broke the 1-1 second-half deadloc…

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You could not have scripted Marcus Hanson's Senior Night more perfectly. The Bulls' captain wrested hope from the jaws of defeat with a late strike before a world-class goal from Russell Cicerone propelled the Bulls to a 2-1 win over Bowling Green, sealing the program's first trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament since 2011. After going down in the 76th minute, …

While this weekly feature usually homes in on college matches only, there's too much going on in the local soccer world this week to limit our aims. 1) Lackawanna High School vs. International Prep, 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Hamburg High School's Howe Field. $5 to get in. What is at stake: This is the Class B-2 Championship game, but it also holds larger meaning for Western New …

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The flip throw-in is a lost art in soccer. You don't see it in the English Premier League or Major League Soccer, where players are strong enough to heave the ball to their target without added propulsion from the flip. Few players can actually accomplish the acrobatic toss -- which takes a frightening level of coordination and can be embarrassing when it goes wrong -- but…