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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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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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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 Buffalo & District Soccer League season has surpassed the halfway mark, and story-lines abound. Few will be surprised to see BSC Raiders and Amherst Sharpshooters at the top of the table, and one of the teams promoted from the championship division - Pendleton United - still win-less. But the first seven weeks of the season have been littered with surprises, wit…

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Week 2 of the Buffalo & District Soccer League season is strewn with compelling match-ups, with a rising young side tangling with one of the league's elite, and the two combatants from one of the greatest playoff games the BDSL has ever seen jousting again. After a first week that saw some surprise results - at least in reference to our premier division season previ…

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Buffalo's amateur soccer history against Maryland-based club Christos FC is not pretty. In 2016, Christos ran FC Yemen off the pitch in the Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinals, 3-0, and then topped the Clarence Coyotes, 1-0, the following year, despite playing with nine men and no substitutes for the duration of the match. After their wild qualifying win over Rochester …

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April 1 is the day when we see who's gullible and who's not. And, judging by The News' post about the Giant Inflatable Duck's return to Canalside, most people are quite gullible. Typically serious Buffalo-area businesses take this day every year - April Fools' Day - to concoct a fictional announcement their followers might believe is actually true. Others are so wildly …

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BSC Raiders were in an unfamiliar position. With just 10 men on the pitch and trailing by a goal in the waning moments, the Buffalo & District Soccer League's two-time reigning champions looked destined to succumb to Westside of the Rochester & District Soccer League in the play-in game of the USASA Amateur Cup. Two of Raiders' steadiest contributors had other i…

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Buffalo soccer fans will be treated to a St. Patrick's Day special, as the BSC Raiders - winners of both the premier division of the Buffalo & District Soccer League and the Tehel Cup - will host Rochester & District Soccer League squad Westside in a tournament play-in match. The winner of the contest, scheduled for 2 p.m. March 17 at Sparky Adams Field (1299 Pa…

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To the surprise of virtually no one, BSC Raiders claimed the 2018 Buffalo & District Soccer League Premier Division title, sealing the club's first-ever Treble and undefeated season. And while it's tempting to include most of the champions' starting lineup in this end-of-year awards column, several other players on the league's other 11 teams stood out enough to warran…

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A tournament match last July had both immediate and longterm effects on the Buffalo & District Soccer League. The upstart Williamsville Willies, a Championship Division team then, upset Premier side BSC Raiders in the Tehel Cup's Round of 16, a "shock the world" result that hinted at a changing of the guard in the BDSL, a sign young players were beginning to take the m…

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There's been no Cinderella run in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's playoffs for the Premier and Championship divisions. The top two seeds in each held serve last Sunday, with all four of the victors registering clean sheets. The most nervy of the semifinals was BSC International's overtime win over feisty Niagara FC, as it took an overtime brace from Buffalo S…

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Only four teams remain in contention in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division playoffs, and just two of them were projected to make it this far. Sunday's semifinal match-ups for the league's top tier are staggered so you can watch both live, if you're that devoted to men's amateur soccer in Buffalo. Here's the rundown for each game. No. 1 seed BSC…

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The familiar refrain the last few Buffalo & District Soccer League seasons is that if BSC Raiders have a full allotment of players at a given match, they're going to win. And, considering Raiders haven't suffered a league or Tehel Cup defeat since a 2-0 forfeit loss to Clarence more than a year ago, attendance hasn't been too much of a problem. Behind two goals f…

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About a year ago, BSC Raiders and BUSS competed in a match that's gone down in Buffalo & District Soccer League lore. The BDSL semifinal clash offered a bit of everything - a blown 3-0 lead, two red cards, two overtimes and seven goals in total. Raiders ultimately triumphed en route to their premier division title, but the pace of the match was frenetic, the talent …