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Josh Beshaw wanted to make sure he could walk 10 years from now. The laundry list of injuries the SUNY Buffalo State senior forward had dealt with over the past six years was staggering. A torn anterior cruciate ligament ruined his entire senior season at Lockport High School. Persistent shoulder injuries derailed his first two years at St. Bonaventure University and fo…

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Buffalo State men's soccer interim head coach Francesco Cardillo had a yearlong audition for the position, and after out-dueling a few quality candidates, he has officially seized the role on a permanent basis, the Bengals' athletic department confirmed Monday. When Mark Howlett moved abruptly to take the head coaching gig at SUNY Geneseo in late July of 2018, Cardillo …

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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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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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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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Mark Howlett had built a dynasty of sorts at Buffalo State College, leading the men's soccer team to new heights over the course of his five years as head coach. The Englishman had already claimed two SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors, with his staff earning Regional Staff of the Year in 2017 after the Bengals made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. Bengal…

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The story of how Buffalo State men's soccer star Luke Pavone landed his first professional contract is one of Jewish descent, the support of a best friend and teammate, personal resilience and a fierce commitment to training. On June 25, the second-team NCAA Division III All-American will land in Petah Tikva, Israel, to prepare for training with the city's second-divisi…

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International Prep alum Ezana Kahsay, FC Buffalo defender Brian Paredes and former Buffalo State goalkeeper Will Banahene have been selected to represent the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Region in front of professional scouts at the annual NPSL Player Showcase. The fourth annual event runs from Jan. 13 to 15 in Kissimmee, Fla., where 17 players from each of …

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They were out. Then they weren't sure. Then they were in. The last two weeks have tormented, teased and titillated the Buffalo State men's soccer team, which returns to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time since 1984. The Bengals host the first two rounds, with their first match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Hobart at Coyer Field. Messiah jous…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Buffalo State men's soccer: The No 14 Bengals undefeated streak was extended to a school-record 15 games this week with a 0-0 draw with No. 7 Oneonta and a 1-0 victory against New Paltz. The New Paltz match sealed an undefeated campaign in the SUNYAC regular season. Buff…

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We came back! Nick Mendola of ProSoccerTalk on NBC Sports joins with BN Soccer at 91.3 FM WBNY, which originally aired at 5 p.m. Monday, as it does every week. Chatter revolves around the role of professional managers in light of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid, the lopsided result of El Clasico, discussion of the MLS Playoffs, a possible revival…

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Unlike goals and clean sheets, a team's belief is impossible to quantify, but this year's Buffalo State men's soccer program has the trait in abundance. With a 2-0 win over New Paltz on Friday afternoon at Coyer Field, the Bengals (10-5-2 overall, 4-3-1 conference) clinched their second SUNYAC playoff berth in three years after missing the postseason the previous six camp…

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Luke Pavone smiles a lot more than he used to. The Buffalo State midfielder has reason to be pleased -- he's already helped the Bengals to nine wins, tied for the program's most since 2008, with two games remaining in the regular season. A transfer from NCAA Division I school University of Massachusetts, Pavone ranks second in State University of New York Athletic Confe…