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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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Micky Blythe's five-year plan for Medaille men's soccer was far ahead of schedule, but it never reached completion. Medaille Athletics officials confirmed Wednesday that the fourth-year head coach, who took the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, had been dismissed. "This is a personnel decision and Medaille does not comment on employee departures," the Mavs' d…

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Most of Anthony Marafioti's junior season has not gone as planned. Fresh off an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance, the Medaille men's soccer captain was finally expected to assume a more natural position - higher up the field as an attacking winger or second striker - after dutifully serving as center back and right back over …

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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 year after a college program reaches the NCAA Tournament can be uncomfortable, especially if it's not a regular occurrence. Expectations of a repeat effort rise, while conference foes suddenly are hungry to dethrone the defending champions. After losing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs in his first two years at the helm of the Mavs, head coac…

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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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Update, Feb. 16: South Buffalo Development spokesperson Phil Pantano issued the following statement in regard to some of the claims made Saturday by M/ilesports owner Mike Damico: “While we appreciate the enthusiasm our prospective tenant has for the many positive attributes of the site, any public comments made in regard to development beyond the proposed athletic fac…

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We've reached the best part of the conference soccer season, as most local college teams are either fighting for a spot in the conference tournament or jockeying for a higher seed. Although Western New York is bereft of a college club in first place, several are not far from clinching postseason play. 1) Buffalo State men (9-5-2, 3-3-1 in SUNYAC) vs. New Paltz (10-6-1, 3-…