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Theo Pencic thought his season had ended early - and abruptly. Late in the final non-conference tilt against the University of Rochester before the dawn of SUNYAC play, the Norwegian freshman striker - tied for the team-lead in goals at the time - suffered a broken toe. Beating a monthlong recovery timetable by a week, Pencic returned to the pitch in Saturday's Battle b…

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There's little certainty from one year to another at NCAA Division III soccer programs. Without athletic scholarships available, players have more freedom to jump ship after a down season and less incentive to remain committed through hardship. It's just the reality of the level. At Fredonia, the intensity of the roster turnover was unexpected. Sure, the graduation of f…

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The year after a college program reaches the NCAA Tournament can be uncomfortable, especially if it's not a regular occurrence. Expectations of a repeat effort rise, while conference foes suddenly are hungry to dethrone the defending champions. After losing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs in his first two years at the helm of the Mavs, head coac…

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When Buffalo State players, coaches and fans look back at the Bengals' 1-1 draw against Geneseo on Friday, most will not remember the final score, the goal scorers or what the result meant to the conference's playoff race. After all, Buffalo State has a quick turnaround against Brockport on Saturday, so Friday's memories will soon be shrouded by the inevitable positives an…

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A summer of change blindsided the Buffalo State men's soccer program after the Bengals made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1984. Head coach Mark Howlett, twice named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in his five seasons at the helm, unexpectedly accepted a coaching vacancy at Geneseo, citing family reasons. The sting of his departure went beyond the two awa…

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Local college soccer programs have all moved into conference play, where the games have significantly more meaning. As of late September, there's no Western New York team with a realistic chance at an at-large bid to a national tournament. Buffalo State men's soccer may be the closest, but falling to the University of Rochester and Oneonta in the span of a week seriousl…

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The taste is still in their mouths. Last year, the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team advanced to its first Atlantic 10 Tournament since 2012 in epic fashion, upsetting the nation's No. 22-ranked team Virginia Commonwealth on the final day of the regular season to qualify. While the Bonnies fell decisively, 4-1, to the Rams in a first-round rematch four days later, si…

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Four seasons at one program is the magic number for a college soccer coach. It means four recruiting classes have come into the team, suffered through the same preseasons and, in most cases, grappled with the same concepts integral to what it means to wear the jersey. For Todd Clark, now in his fourth year at the helm of the Canisius Griffs women's soccer team, the frui…

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Gabe Mastrangelo became the Hamburg boys soccer program’s all-time leading scorer earlier this week and ranks among the Section VI leaders with 12 goals through the first eight games of the season. The senior striker’s surge has been more than enough offense for the defensive-minded Bulldogs, who set another school record with their seventh-straight shutout Saturday in a …

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BN Soccer's tour around local college soccer begins with a deeper look into the University at Buffalo women's soccer team, which enters Friday's Big 4 rivalry tilt, at UB Stadium against St. Bonaventure, with an impressive 5-1 start to the season. As we will with as many local teams as possible this fall, here are five storylines to know before checking out the Bulls in…

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St. Bonaventure men vs. Niagara 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marra Field (3261 W. State St., Olean). What to know about St. Bonaventure: Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Bonnies, head coach Kwame Oduro finally has a team he's assembled on his own. And the side he's constructed is difficult to play against: they're very athletic, pressure the ball relentlessly and have…

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Joseph “Trey” Buscaglia III, leading scorer and senior captain for the Williamsville East boys soccer team, not only competes against his opponents when he’s on the field. He’s also trying to get the best of his younger sister, Bella. “It’s a little family rivalry,” Trey said. “We come home and we see how many goals we scored, who had more, or whose team is racking up mo…

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University at Buffalo women vs. Canisius 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at UB Stadium (North Campus, Amherst). What to know about UB: The pressing question went from "Who will replace graduated Laura Dougall?" to "Will Emily Kelly ever allow a goal?" The freshman keeper from Wilson, a product of the Western New York Flash Academy, has kept three straight clean sheets for Shawn Burke's…

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Just a few days into the 2018 Buffalo-area men's college soccer season, there are already too many story lines for us to reasonably manage. Canisius coming back from 3-0 to fall 3-2 to No. 5-ranked Michigan State? Buffalo State beginning the post-Howlett Era with a confident 3-0 win over rebuilding Elmira? Kwame Oduro's St. Bonaventure squad looking capable of another t…

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Medaille College on Monday officially confirmed that it will be the anchor tenant of the planned new $4 million athletic complex that is now being developed by developer Jon M. Williams at the former Buffalo Color site on Elk and Lee streets in Buffalo. The new facility, dubbed the Medaille Sports Complex at Buffalo Color Park, will become the school's home field for pr…