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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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The Buffalo & District Soccer League season has surpassed the halfway mark, and story-lines abound. Few will be surprised to see BSC Raiders and Amherst Sharpshooters at the top of the table, and one of the teams promoted from the championship division - Pendleton United - still win-less. But the first seven weeks of the season have been littered with surprises, wit…

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The season could have unraveled quickly after FC Buffalo was played off the pitch by Rochester in the season opener. And that would have been a pity, considering the team's hard work in executing a 10th anniversary trip to Germany and scheduling two preseason friendlies against quality international foes. Fortunately for head coach Frank Butcher and his squad, they ran …

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More than 900 soccer fans piled into All High Stadium on Saturday to see German professional team FC St. Pauli tangle with local amateur club FC Buffalo. When the final whistle blew, the crowd applauded, and it wasn't for the result or a standout individual performance. This was something bigger. First and foremost, the fact that a team in 2.Bundesliga, Germany's sec…

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The FC St. Pauli professional soccer team posed for a picture in front of Trump Tower on Thursday, proudly displaying a rainbow flag to convey a message of tolerance. Why would a 2.Bundesliga squad fly to America - after a grueling domestic campaign - for a two-match expedition, complemented by panel talks, political statements, tourist visits and supporters nights? …

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Week 2 of the Buffalo & District Soccer League season is strewn with compelling match-ups, with a rising young side tangling with one of the league's elite, and the two combatants from one of the greatest playoff games the BDSL has ever seen jousting again. After a first week that saw some surprise results - at least in reference to our premier division season previ…

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The college soccer off-season is less than a month old, but there's already been significant activity in the coaching carousel. Daemen College head coach Bobby McColl has accepted the same position at Houghton College, effective Dec. 7, athletic departments from both schools announced. "The decision to leave Daemen was a tough one and not one that was made lightly," …

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There's something special happening an hour down the I-90 East. The University of Rochester men's soccer team has advanced to the program's first Final Four of the Division III NCAA Tournament, toppling defending champion Messiah College, 2-1, in a rematch of last year's Elite Eight. Senior center back Luke Loecher, a Lancaster High School alum and a first-team All-U…

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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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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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The Wolves are about to cross the pond. National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo announced Friday that the team will embark on a weeklong preseason trip to Germany - specifically the cities of Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hamburg - from May 5-12, 2019, to mark the club's 10th anniversary. The Wolves plan to play at least two exhibition matches while overseas, agains…

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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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Little has gone right for the Niagara University men's soccer team since the Purple Eagles reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In the last five and a half years, the Purple Eagles have won 20 matches, lost 73 and drawn 11. It's been a dark stretch for the program, but even though wins still aren't coming routinely, third-year head coach Bill Boyle has Niagara competing. W…

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Theo Pencic thought his season had ended early - and abruptly. Late in the final non-conference tilt against the University of Rochester before the dawn of SUNYAC play, the Norwegian freshman striker - tied for the team-lead in goals at the time - suffered a broken toe. Beating a monthlong recovery timetable by a week, Pencic returned to the pitch in Saturday's Battle b…