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Josh Beshaw wanted to make sure he could walk 10 years from now. The laundry list of injuries the SUNY Buffalo State senior forward had dealt with over the past six years was staggering. A torn anterior cruciate ligament ruined his entire senior season at Lockport High School. Persistent shoulder injuries derailed his first two years at St. Bonaventure University and fo…

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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…

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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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When Buffalo State players, coaches and fans look back at the Bengals' 1-1 draw against Geneseo on Friday, most will not remember the final score, the goal scorers or what the result meant to the conference's playoff race. After all, Buffalo State has a quick turnaround against Brockport on Saturday, so Friday's memories will soon be shrouded by the inevitable positives an…

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A summer of change blindsided the Buffalo State men's soccer program after the Bengals made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1984. Head coach Mark Howlett, twice named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in his five seasons at the helm, unexpectedly accepted a coaching vacancy at Geneseo, citing family reasons. The sting of his departure went beyond the two awa…

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Mark Howlett had built a dynasty of sorts at Buffalo State College, leading the men's soccer team to new heights over the course of his five years as head coach. The Englishman had already claimed two SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors, with his staff earning Regional Staff of the Year in 2017 after the Bengals made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. Bengal…

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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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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-…