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University at Buffalo women's soccer coach Shawn Burke will be providing analysis of the Women's World Cup for The Buffalo News during the tournament. Burke is entering his sixth season at UB and has led the program to five consecutive Mid-American Conference tournament appearances and was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. An amazing summer for some of the best socce…

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Playing college soccer for four years isn't for the faint of heart. It's a grind, more than anything else, with plenty of social sacrifices, juggling of academics, never-ending bus rides and the challenges of how to coexist and thrive in a small community that spends an inordinate amount of time together. With these in mind, all of the graduating seniors from college so…

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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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BN Soccer's tour around local college soccer begins with a deeper look into the University at Buffalo women's soccer team, which enters Friday's Big 4 rivalry tilt, at UB Stadium against St. Bonaventure, with an impressive 5-1 start to the season. As we will with as many local teams as possible this fall, here are five storylines to know before checking out the Bulls in…

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St. Bonaventure men vs. Niagara 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marra Field (3261 W. State St., Olean). What to know about St. Bonaventure: Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Bonnies, head coach Kwame Oduro finally has a team he's assembled on his own. And the side he's constructed is difficult to play against: they're very athletic, pressure the ball relentlessly and have…

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Maybe you're eager to see what University at Buffalo forward Carissima Cutrona has planned for her final season as a college player. Or perhaps you're intrigued by Canisius College's 2-0 start, with Todd Clark's side looking more balanced than ever. Or it's possible your interests lie in NCAA Division 2 and 3, where Buffalo State College continues its rebuild, D'Youvill…

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Local coaches Rudy Pompert of Delaware Soccer Club and Shawn Burke of the University at Buffalo women's program joined the 'Football Club of Buffalo Show' to talk about their teams' respective trips abroad. Hosts Nick Mendola and I discuss the precarious state of U.S. men's soccer, as the full national team can't afford to lose again to Guatemala on Tuesday, while the U-2…

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The University at Buffalo soccer teams have released their 2016 recruiting classes on the men's and women's side. Highlighted by two heralded transfers, the Bulls men's program added five players to deepen the Mid-American Conference runners-up, who return 14 squad players and Ryan Pereira from injury. For the women's side, head coach Shawn Burke welcomes a defensive-lad…

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University at Buffalo goalie Laura Dougall usually isn't brimming with confidence at the prospect of penalty kicks, but you wouldn't believe that after she stumped three Central Michigan shooters in the Bulls' dramatic 2-2 (3-1 in PKs) win at UB Stadium in the Mid-American quarterfinals. With the score knotted at 2 after two overtime sessions, the Chippewas shot first in …

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Senior Day reminded fans of UB Bulls women's soccer how exceptional this graduating class has been. Senior starters Jackie Hall, Kristin Markiewicz and Kassidy Kidd led the Bulls to a 3-0 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas, pushing UB's winning streak to three games and setting them up nicely for a tough conclusion to the Mid-American Conference on the road. "You al…

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Good luck game-planning against the University at Buffalo women's offense. It's no secret that head coach Shawn Burke likes to isolate his wingers, Julia Benati and Carissima Cutrona, in order to carve apart defenses through the pair's pace and daring dribbling. But forwards Kassidy Kidd and Celina Carrero are proving that foes cannot focus their attention on the flanks,…

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Conference play is heating up across Western New York college soccer, and even though the Big 4 teams are struggling mightily, there's quality soccer to watch across the area. Here are five home matches to keep an eye on -- either by attending in person or monitoring on social media. 1) University at Buffalo men (5-5-3, 0-1 in MAC) vs. West Virginia (6-6, 1-0 MAC) at 7:3…

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University at Buffalo head coach Shawn Burke and his staff are not afraid to tinker with the Bulls' lineup, and a few changes were exactly what a persistent team needed to get over the hump of creating chances but not finishing. The Bulls scored four goals in a regular season match for the first time since Sept. 5, 2008, earning a comfortable 4-1 victory over Northern Ill…

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A moment in the second half of UB’s 1-0 win over Syracuse epitomized Jackie Hall’s impact on the University at Buffalo Bulls women's soccer team. On a counter attack down the left side, an SU forward barreled past UB fullback Angel Hart, leaving Bulls keeper Laura Dougall in a one-on-one situation. The reigning Mid-American Conference champions had absorbed Syracuse’s att…