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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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The United Soccer Coaches have finally unveiled all of their All-American and All-Region selections for the fall 2017 season, and several Western New York college and high school standouts have been recognized. Here's a rundown of the student-athletes honored: ALL-AMERICANS NCAA Division III: Luke Pavone, Buffalo State, second team NCAA Division III: Julia Kell…

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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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To a small degree, the turf wars have begun between the Rochester River DogZ and FC Buffalo. The NPSL expansion side down the I-90 East signed two former Wolves on Wednesday, confirming the additions of midfielder Luke Pavone and defender Jake Schindler through their Facebook page. Including forward Isaac Kissi and midfielder Tim Crawford, Rochester now has come to agree…

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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…