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One of the toughest lessons Gurjeena Jandu has learned is that less can sometimes be more. When superstar teammate Carissima Cutrona tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee on the final day of last September, cutting short her marvelous career, Jandu - the other captain for University at Buffalo women's soccer - felt responsible to keep the Bulls together after …

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One of the biggest frustrations in recruiting international soccer talent is predicting the transition to America. The prospect, who might have been comfortable with the style of play, physicality, language and culture of his or her home nation, often struggles for a few years - or simply never makes the adjustments - in the U.S. college soccer environment. Niagara fres…

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St. Bonaventure head coach Kwame Oduro wasn't lying when he said he "scouted the earth" to find a left-footed center back. And in some ways, Jaaziel Thompson scouted the earth to find St. Bonaventure, so the match is both fortuitous and fitting, and it's rife with potential. The soccer journey for Thompson, a strong, 6'2 center back known to his teammates as either Jaz …

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College soccer season is charging ahead as the calendar has turned to September, and soccer fans have been inquiring what games are worth checking out for both men's and women's programs. Here's the 2019 composite schedule - able to be sorted by men's, women's, NCAA Division I, NCAA divisions 2 or 3, and Erie Community College - thanks to the Google Calendar tool. Enjoy…

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All four Buffalo-area NCAA Division I women's soccer programs kicked off of their 2019 campaigns with non-league matches on Thursday. Half of these teams - the University at Buffalo and Niagara University - advanced to their respective conference playoffs last year, with the Purple Eagles' run to the semifinals marking the deepest of the jaunts. Although there's been…

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With several head coaching jobs available in men's college soccer, Medaille College is the first to fill its vacancy. Medaille Athletics confirmed that Craig Wilkinson, who spent the last three years coaching a prep school in Maine, has been hired to succeed Micky Blythe, removed from the role in November. The announcement was posted to the school's website Thursday. …

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Enduring grueling two-game weekends, spending hours with the trainer and gutting through two-footed tackles all seems worthwhile if your college program reaches the postseason. As is true in any sport, anything can happen in the playoffs. Across the landscape of local college soccer, several programs have advanced to their respective conference tournaments, which begin,…

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The final two weeks of October are the most exciting in local college soccer. Teams have improved over the course of a season, ideally peaking at the right time to seal a playoff berth and make a run through the conference tournament. Given the playoff setup of different conferences in different NCAA levels, the challenge of reaching the postseason varies considerably. …

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Two weeks still remain in Canisius men's soccer's conference season, but the Griffs' 2018 campaign has already been a roller coaster of inexplicable lows and a couple triumphant highs. There's been a little of everything. The positives include Dermot McGrane's side coming within one goal of drawing then No. 5 in the country Michigan State on the road, and later smashing…

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Aside from maybe the Canisius men, no other college program has been more ransacked by injuries than the Niagara women's soccer team. Over the last three years, roughly a dozen players have suffered long-term ailments, leaving head coach Peter Veltri frequently with a short bench and few alternatives in his rotation. While the approach to preseason, time for recovery an…

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Before Wednesday night, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference campaigns for the Canisius men's and women's soccer teams had brought primarily disappointment, particularly troubling for the men's team predicted to win the MAAC before the season. But for one night, at least, both Canisius sides seized encouraging results from Battle of the Bridge rivalry matches against …

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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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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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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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Buffalo-area soccer players rarely look forward to having a certain referee for a match, but Tom George has been an exception. An air of authority, an intimidating frame and a deep, booming voice make him a strong fit for the job, but his willingness to explain calls, calmly handle combustible situations and hustle to be in position set him a cut above. The 57-year-o…