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He doesn't grab national headlines like teammates Richie Laryea and Adam Najem, nor is he a grizzled upperclassman leader like Andrew Souders, Brad Ruhaak and Jake Fenlason, but Ezana Kahsay plays an important role for the Akron Zips men's soccer team. A 2013 graduate of International Prep in Buffalo, the red-shirt freshman is not a starter for the country's No. 5 ranked …

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Not since 2004 has a Western New York boys high school soccer alumnus won an NCAA Division I National Championship, and that player -- Indiana University's Jordan Chirico, who actually claimed back-to-back titles -- hailed from Section V power Livonia. In 2015, two Section VI alums are still alive in the hunt for the national title, as Syracuse's Liam Callahan (Sweet Home…

While this weekly feature usually homes in on college matches only, there's too much going on in the local soccer world this week to limit our aims. 1) Lackawanna High School vs. International Prep, 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Hamburg High School's Howe Field. $5 to get in. What is at stake: This is the Class B-2 Championship game, but it also holds larger meaning for Western New …