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Good luck game-planning against the University at Buffalo women's offense. It's no secret that head coach Shawn Burke likes to isolate his wingers, Julia Benati and Carissima Cutrona, in order to carve apart defenses through the pair's pace and daring dribbling. But forwards Kassidy Kidd and Celina Carrero are proving that foes cannot focus their attention on the flanks,…

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After entering the USL Championship as a substitute in the 80th minute, Rochester striker Asani Samuels scored the game-tying goal in the first minute of stoppage time, then claimed the game-winner in the 113th as the Rhinos won the league in dramatic fashion, 2-1 (2 OT), over LA Galaxy II. The 6'5 Jamaican striker, who played four years at Canisius College and one with…

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Conference play is heating up across Western New York college soccer, and even though the Big 4 teams are struggling mightily, there's quality soccer to watch across the area. Here are five home matches to keep an eye on -- either by attending in person or monitoring on social media. 1) University at Buffalo men (5-5-3, 0-1 in MAC) vs. West Virginia (6-6, 1-0 MAC) at 7:3…

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University at Buffalo head coach Shawn Burke and his staff are not afraid to tinker with the Bulls' lineup, and a few changes were exactly what a persistent team needed to get over the hump of creating chances but not finishing. The Bulls scored four goals in a regular season match for the first time since Sept. 5, 2008, earning a comfortable 4-1 victory over Northern Ill…

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The University at Buffalo Bulls men's soccer team can't help but feel a little cheated. Executing an underdog's game-plan to near perfection, UB shocked No. 8-ranked Akron with an early goal and then defended marvelously as a team -- conceding just once before Bulls defender Fox Slotemaker was ruled to have upended Akron midfielder Richie Laryea on the edge of the six-yar…

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The rebuilding process for the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team will likely be slow and painful, but after 10 years under Mel Mahler, the arrival of a new coaching staff and the appeal of a fresh start should eventually push a floundering program in the right direction. After a 1-15 season, Mahler officially resigned, but those close to the program claim he was pushed ou…

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A moment in the second half of UB’s 1-0 win over Syracuse epitomized Jackie Hall’s impact on the University at Buffalo Bulls women's soccer team. On a counter attack down the left side, an SU forward barreled past UB fullback Angel Hart, leaving Bulls keeper Laura Dougall in a one-on-one situation. The reigning Mid-American Conference champions had absorbed Syracuse’s att…

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At first glance, St. Bonaventure’s women’s soccer faced long odds against its Big 4 rivals, which were important matches for pride and preparation leading into conference play. The University at Buffalo had made last year’s NCAA Tournament, Niagara lost in penalty kicks in the MAAC semifinals and Canisius had scored a ridiculous 16 goals in a recent exhibition match. To m…

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The list of outsiders who visit Buffalo and declare the city (and its football team) on a major upswing is growing. Add a pair of middle-aged, proudly bald British men in stylish sportcoats to that list. The Men in Blazers -- soccer commentators Roger "Rog" Bennett and Michael "Davo" Davies -- visited Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of an NFL Films/Yahoo Sports …

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Hunter Walsh was zoned in. The University at Buffalo freshman had just entered a Big 4 rivalry match for the first time, eager to make an impact in the final five minutes of the first half. Before Bulls goalie Cameron Hogg’s goal kick restarted play, Walsh felt a shove in the back. Startled, he turned to see the aggressor was his older brother, Evan, a redshirt freshman m…

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On the heels of a successful trip to England this spring, the University at Buffalo men’s soccer team had every reason to be eager for fall. The arrival of towering 6’5 striker Scott Doney, a transfer from Marshall University, immediately made returning All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection Russell Cicerone more dangerous, and the duo helped the Bulls to an 8-1…

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If you're a Big 4 soccer fan, there are reasons to be hopeful. Struggling sides Niagara and St. Bonaventure have some promising underclassmen, while the cupboard isn't example bare at the University at Buffalo and Canisius College, either. St. Bonaventure's Kieran Toland, UB's Scott Doney and Fox Slotemaker, and Canisius' Mo Kretschmer are ineligible for this list, as the…

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Canisius men’s soccer head coach Dermot McGrane called it the “worst preseason in his 20 years of coaching.” Back in August, the Griffs could barely field a team -- a total of 13 players were injured at one point, including nine starters. During one preseason match, Canisius had only two substitutes available off the bench. Although the majority of the injured players ha…

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Picking a best XI from Western New York's four NCAA Division I schools is by no means an easy task, but it's worth doing to recognize the achievements of college soccer players and to praise the players who, by examining a simple box score, would not necessarily stick out. (In this case, "best" means most valuable and not "most points" or "most clean sheets.) Let's meet t…

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All-Western New York Girls Soccer, 2014 Chosen by WNY coaches WNY Player of the Year: Sydney Cerza, Clarence WNY Coach of the Year: Tom Furminger, Clarence WNY Referee of the Year: Dieter Voss First Team Position - Player - School - Class F Olivia Schmidt, Holland 11 F Sydney Cerza, Clarence 11 F Madisyn Pezzino, Grand Island 10 F Marissa Birz…