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Playing college soccer for four years isn't for the faint of heart. It's a grind, more than anything else, with plenty of social sacrifices, juggling of academics, never-ending bus rides and the challenges of how to coexist and thrive in a small community that spends an inordinate amount of time together. With these in mind, all of the graduating seniors from college so…

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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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On the surface, the Connecticut United Women's Soccer team's six-hour trip to D'Youville College would seem a major advantage for the Western New York Flash, which hosts the Fusion at 6 p.m. July 7 at Dobson Field. But, despite a sparkling 5-0 road record, head coach Matt Waddington's Flash remains win-less at home, and the 2018 regular-season slate concludes with Weste…

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The evolution of the Western New York Flash organization from repeat professional women's soccer champions to a well-rounded soccer academy of both girls and boys teams, capped by a semi-professional United Women's Soccer side, has taken time, but the reinvention is making progress. Take the Flash's three Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) girls youth teams that have qu…

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The Western New York Flash's amateur United Women's Soccer team is perched atop the club's pyramid, acting as the springboard for Flash Academy graduates (and soon-to-be graduates) to remain sharp for their coming college seasons or to catch the eyes of college and professional scouts. After the sale of the National Women's Soccer League franchise to North Carolina 14 m…

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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…