Back row: Assistant Coach Kevin LeRoy, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Adnan Abdi, Isa Habeeb, Ryan Brzezinski, Ian Smith, Christopher Martin, Tyler Mondo-Goodrich, Coach Bryan Booke

Front Row:  Osama Abughanem, Nick Barrus, Christian Lawrence, Givon Blackwell, Kassim Kassim


Varsity Soccer Schedule 2015


Date  Opponent Time /Place  Score
9/15 Stanley Falk 3:30 AWAY 4-1 
9/17  Christian Academy 3:30/AWAY 6-1
9/22 Central Baptist School 4:00/AWAY 6-1
9/24 Academe of Aurora 3:30/HOME 3-1
9/25 Rochester School f/t Deaf Homcoming Rochester 6-1
9/25 Rochester School f/t Deaf Homcoming Rochester 2-1
9/26 Rochester School f/t Deaf Homecoming Rochester 5-2
9/29 Academe of Aurora 4:00/Home 4-0
10/1 Central Baptist 3:30/HOME 4-3
10/6 Christian Academe 3:30/HOME 8-3
10/7 SMSD Homecoming 3:30/HOME 4-1
10/8 Stanley Falk 3:30/HOME 5-4
10/16 ESDAA Tournament NJ School f/t Deaf



10/17 ESDAA Tournament NJ School f/t Deaf



10/22 Stanley Falk 3:30pm/HOME 5-2
10/27 Oracle 4:00pm/ HOME  


September 15, 2015

The Bisons 2015 campaign is highlighted by our soccer team becoming a part of the N.F.C.A.A. (Niagara Frontier Christian Athletic Association). The N.F.C.A.A. is made up of 5 different schools that play 8v8.  Yesterday afternoon, the Bisons kicked off (pun intended) their season with a battle against familiar foe, the Stanley Falk school.  Over the course of the past three seasons, our opponent has generally dominated play leaving us winless in our match-us.  However, with a rejuvenated attitude and the addition of 5 rookies (Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb, Kassim Kassim, JJ Kent & Ryan Brzezinski) & 1 new senior transfer (Ibrahim Ibrahim), we were determined to not allow history to repeat itself.  With a stout defense led by veterans Christian Lawrence, Tyler Mondo- Goodrich, & goal keeper Chris Martin, we were able to frustrate and stymie Falk throughout the course of the entire match holding them to zero goals until the waning minutes of the 2nd half.  In the meantime, we came at our opponents with a well balanced attack and were able to notch 4 goals.  The Bisons earned their 1st victory of the season and currently post a record of 1-0.  Please wish our boys congrats on the win.  Our next challenge is against league opponent  Christian Academy tomorrow in North Tonawanda at 3:30. 

Overall record: 1-0

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-0

Individual accomplishments:

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 2 goals

Nick Barrus- 2 goals & 1 assists

Chris Martin- 8 saves


Thursday, September 17, 2015

  After an impressive outing in our season opener last Tuesday, the Bison’s looked to bring that same vigor to Christian Academy last week Thursday.  Unfortunately, we rested on our laurels a bit too much and our opposition took advantage almost immediately.  Our defensive appeared overwhelmed by Christian Academy’s continuous pressure. Once we had allowed them to tally a few goals we seemed to have lost our gusto and our adversary began to run away with the contest.   We generated some offensive attack in the 2nd half of the match with Nick Barrus and Ibrahim Ibrahim each scoring a goal to close the gap on our opponent, but it wasn’t enough.  The final score was 6-2 in favor of Christian Academy.  Please support the Bison’s as we look to “right the ship” through this rough stretch of league “away” games this week.

Overall record: 1-1

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-1

Individual accomplishments:

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal

Nick Barrus- 1 goal

Chris Martin- 7 saves


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 We faced Central Baptist on their home field which was located in a rural area of WNY and surrounded by corn fields.  It was a beautiful setting and a great day for a soccer game.  Central Baptist managed to score early and took the lead.  Five minutes later, Nick Barrus scored from behind the 18yd from the right corner to tie it up. Central Baptist was able to find the back of the net three more times before the end of 1st half, making the score 4 to 1 in their favor.

In the second half, the Bison's offense tried to find loop holes in Central Baptist's defense. The Bison’s didn't have much success. Our defensemen, Isa Habeeb, and Christian Lawrence did a great job stopping Baptist's shots and passes but Central Baptist was too tough and the game ended with a score of 6 to 1.

Our next game is this Thursday at 3:30 pm at home. Hope to see you there!

SMSD's record- 1 win, 2 losses

Overall record: 1-2

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-2

Individual accomplishments:

Nick Barrus- 1 goal

Chris Martin- 13 saves


Thursday, September 24, 2015

This afternoon was the Bisons first “home” match of the season. Despite a full 60 minute effort, our soccer team fell at the hands of Academy  Aurora 3-1.  It was evident that the squads were evenly matched because neither club could establish a dominate offensive attack in the other team’s offensive 1/3 of the field. Our opponent scored their first & second  goals on break-aways that beat Chris Martin.  However, for the fourth consecutive game in a row, Nick Barrus was able to score and keep the game within reach.  The second half remained 2-1 for the majority of time until Aurora was able to set up a beautiful corner kick cross that would have been difficult for anyone to have stopped.  The final score ended 3-1.  Although our success wasn’t apparent on the score sheet, the coaching staff was impressed with the boys determination until the very end of the match.  It was exactly the type of game that we want to bring in to this weekends tournament in Rochester, NY.  Please wish us luck as we face off against both RSD and WPSD.

Overall record: 1-3

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-3

Individual accomplishments:

Nick Barrus- 1 goal

Chris Martin- 9 saves


Rochester School for the Deaf- Homecoming Tournament

9/25/2015- Game #1 SMSD VS RSD

The Bisons soccer team travelled to Rochester, NY this past weekend to participate in the Wildcats homecoming tournament.  Our school played against the host in the first of our two games on Friday afternoon in order to determine seeding for the championship games the following morning.  RSD came out of the gates very quickly and before our boys had the opportunity to “find their legs”, they found themselves in 4 goal deficit.  The majority of the match was spent trying to clear out our zone as the wildcats were relentless with their offensive attack.  Nick Barrus did manage to sneak a goal past Rochesters keeper on a last second penalty shot to continue his streak of 5 games in a row with at least one goal.  However, the damage was done and we lost by the score of 6-1.

Overall record: 1-4

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-3

Individual accomplishments:

Nick Barrus- 1 goal

9/25/2015- Game #2 SMSD VS WPSD

Based on the round robin format set up for the tournament, our team had 15 minutes to rest before our next match against Western Pennslyvania School for the Deaf.  That didn’t give us much time to dwell on our most recent loss.  We decided to make some position changes and allow Christian Lawrence to make his first career start in goal.  This game appeared to be much more competitive than our previous contest.  The Lions took an early lead but the scored remained 1-0 for the 1st half and well in the second half.  Our defense tighten up and Christian Lawrence stood tall making some key saves that included a penalty shot.  Our Bisons did even up the score with 10 minutes remaining when Ibrahim Ibrahim forced the Lions to take a hand ball in their own defensive box and was awarded a penalty kick.  Unfortunately, the tie didn’t last long and WPSD was able to put one more shot past our team and walk away with a 2-1 victory. 

Overall record: 1-5

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-3

Individual accomplishments:

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal

Christian Lawrence- 12 saves

9/26/2015- Game #3 SMSD VS WPSD

Based on the round robin results from the previous day, we faced off against WPSD again in order to determine who would take on RSD in the championship later on that morning.  Although we appeared evenly matched against the Lions the day before, we didn’t play very well the second time around.  Our offense wasn’t  challenging WPSD and our defense was getting tired trying to clear the ball out of our zone.  In effort to create more of an attack, we added another offensive player and pushed our defense up to midfield.  On a positive note, Isa Habeeb was able to get on the score sheet for the first time this season by blasting a shot from outside the 18 yard line past WPSD’s keeper to close the gap.  However, as a result of pushing our defensive up, we exposed our in experienced goalie to potential 1 vs 1 breakaways.  Consequently, our opponent was able to take advantage and score a couple more goals to extend their lead.  The final score was 5-2.

Overall record: 1-6

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-3

Individual accomplishments:

Isa Habeeb- 1 goal

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal

Christian Lawrence- 11 saves

The Bisons finished with 2 tournament all-stars in Nick Barrus and Isa Habeeb.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It was evident based on the weather conditions yesterday that the fall season has officially arrived.  The Bisons played against the Academy of Aurora yesterday in the second of our league home & away series.  The field and the ball were both quite slick from rain all day which caused some strange bounces that unfortunately landed in the back of our goal 4 times in the 1st half. As is the story of our season, we found ourselves attempting to battle back from an early deficit.  Our offensive players continued to struggle putting pressure on our opposition which in turn puts a lot of strain on our defense and goalie as they perpetually try and clear the ball out and push up the field. At half time we made some personell adjustments and explained to our boys that they needed to forget about the first 30 minutes of the match and come out in the 2nd half as is if it was a brand new game.  Although we didn’t slip a shot past Auroras keeper, our opponent in turn was unable to get anything past our defense and both teams remained scoreless.  The contest ended 4-0.  Our next game is this Thursday at home against Central Baptist.  Hopefully we can continue to build off the positive momentum we ended our previous match with.

Overall record: 1-7

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-4

Individual accomplishments:

Christian Lawrence- 11 saves


October 1, 2015

The Bisons soccer club played its second game of their home/away series against the Lions of Central Baptist.  In our previous meeting, the Bisons weren’t aggressive enough and took a drubbing by the score of 5-1.  Needless to say that this time around we were determined to prove to our opponent and to ourselves that we were better than that.  Our goal was to start fast, aggressive, and not let the game get out of reach.  Our defense “stood tall” and didn’t allow a goal for the first 10 minutes before the Lions broke the tie by taking advantage of a defensive breakdown.  Our mid field attack bounced right back 5 minutes later and knotted the game up 1-1  with a goal from Adnan Abdi (1st of the season).  Central Baptist was able to score a few more times and extended their lead by 3 goals with 10 minutes remaining.  In the past, our Bisons have been known to occasionally hang their heads when they find themselves in an insurmountable hole.  However, as we attempt to change the culture into a winning program, our Bisons continued to play with what appeared to be reckless abandonment.  Nick Barrus scored with a shot over the keepers head  with 5 minutes left in the game to close the gap and 2 minutes later Isa Habeeb rifled a kick past the goalie to put us within 1 goal of evening the score.  Unfortunately, it was too little too late and our comeback although admirable fell short.  Obviously our team was not satisfied with the outcome, but as the cliché goes, “we learned a lot more from losing this game then from being the victors.”  Please keep encourage the boys to not give up.  We have a full 3 game schedule next week including a game on Wednesday for Homecoming as well as a game during parent night.  Please try and come out and support us.

Overall record: 1-8

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-5

Individual accomplishments:

Adnan Abdi- 1 goal (1st of the season)

Isa Habbeb- 1 goal (2nd of the season)

Nick Barrus- 1 goal (7th of the season)

Christian Lawrence- 22 saves


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The SMSD Bison’s collectively didn’t play well against Christian Academy.  We struggled in every facet of the game and unfortunately it resulted in our opponent running away with the 8-3 victory.  There were some bright spots in the loss which included Chris Martin getting his first goal of the season and then scoring his second of the match 10 minutes later.  The coaching staff explained to our players that in competitive sports, sometimes you can have a “bad day” no matter how you prepare or think that you are ready.  The important thing is that you learn from your mistakes and that you “brush it off” and move on to the next game.  The Bisons don’t have time to dwell on our defeat because we are back on the field today for our Homecoming against our biggest rival, Rochester School for the Deaf.  Please come out to the field and show your support.

Overall record: 1-9

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-6

Individual accomplishments:

Chris Martin- 2 goals (including 1st of the season)

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal (4th of season)

Christian Lawrence- 15 saves


Wednesday, October 7, 2015- SMSD Homecoming

In our second game in as many days, the Bison’s took on the RSD in our annual fall Homecoming match.  Having just lost to the Wildcats a few weeks ago in their Homecoming tournament, our squad was looking to improve on our previous outing.  Unfortunately, with some key personnel out of the line-up it was difficult to match-up evening against our rival.  Rochester School for the Deaf controlled the game down in our defensive end for the majority of the contest and were able to tally 4 goals.  Our offensive attack was only able to muster 2 shots all game including a penalty shot from Chris Martin which was initially saved by the Wildcats keeper.  However their goalie wasn’t able to control the rebound from the penalty kick and Chris was able to tap it in to register our only goal of the game.  On the brighter side, it was Christopher’s  3rd goal in two games.  Our third and final game of the week as well as our final league game before the playoffs is this afternoon against the Stanley Falk school.  Please come outside and wish us luck.

Overall record: 1-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 1-6

Individual accomplishments:

Chris Martin- 1 goal (3rd of the season)

Christian Lawrence- 14 saves


Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Bison’s were able to finally break their losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Falk school.  Our team has worked very hard this season and has greatly improved, so it is only fitting that we ended our regular season within the NFCAA league with victory.  Our offense awoke from its slumber getting goal production from 4 different players including Givon Blackwell who scored twice (1st and 2nd career goals), Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb, and Ibrahim Ibrahim.   Falk was able to mount a bit of a comeback in the second half but the Bison’s were able to hold them off with some key saves by goalie Christian Lawrence.  Having 3 games in a row this week, the team will get their much deserved rest this weekend and spend next week at practice preparing for the annual Northern Regional ESDAA soccer tournament in New Jersey.  Thank you all for your continued support.

Overall record: 2-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6


Individual accomplishments:

Givon Blackwell- 2 goals (1st & 2nd of the season)

Isa Habeeb- 1 goal (3rd of the season)

Nick Barrus- 1 goal (8th of the season)

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal (5th of season)

Christian Lawrence- 8 saves


Friday- Saturday, October 16-17, 2015- ESDAA Tournament in New Jersey


This weekend the Bisons made their way to the annual ESDAA soccer tournament hosted by New Jersey School for the Deaf.  It was going to be interesting to see how we compared to the other division 2 teams in our region and assess how much we have improved since a year ago when we finished in last place. There were 6 teams participating in this year competition including us, the Colts from NJSD, the Wildcats from RSD, the Roosters from RISD, as well as the Chiefs from Millneck and Lions from PSD who combined to make one squad.  Each team faced off against one another in an effort to earn as many points throughout the course of the weekend as possible.  The champion was determined by how many points you finished the weekend with.  The scoring went 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.



The Bisons first match happened to be against our I-90 rival, the Wildcats.  Rochester School for the Deaf had already beaten our team quite handedly twice earlier in the season.  However, we had preached to our squad how difficult it can be for a team to beat another team 3x in one season.  If we play the game we know we are capable of, you never know what can happen.  Sure enough, we gave RSD the best game they have played against is in a few years and the best challenge they would face all weekend.  Our opponents opened the scoring early in the contest but the Bisons struck back quickly off a break-away from Ibrahim Ibrahim.  In the second half, Chris Martin cashed in on a rebound of his own shot and gave us our first lead.  RSD later tied the game at 2-2 and both teams managed to keep each other off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest earning us 1 point.


Overall record: 2-1-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6


Individual accomplishments:

Chris Martin- 1 goal (4th of the season)

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal (6th of season)

Christian Lawrence- 8 saves



RISD who hadn’t played a game yet and had fresh legs took immediate advantage and were able to score early catching our team off guard putting them on top 1-0.  Once we were able to get our heads back into the game, we were able to control the tempo.  Isa Habeeb scored twice while Ibrahim Ibrahim added another to give us a 2 goal advantage.  Unfortunately, as the game wore on it became evident that the Bisons were running out of gas.  We relinquished our lead and allowed RISD to climb their way back into the match.  We ended in a 3-3 tie and allowed 2 points to slip out of our reach.


Overall record: 2-2-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6


Individual accomplishments:

Isa Habeeb- 2 goals (4th & 5th of the season)

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal (7th of season)

Christian Lawrence- 16 saves



Entering  our Saturday morning match, the Bisons felt a little pressure.  PSD/Millneck were ahead of us on points from the previous day and we knew that if we wanted to advance in the standings we were in a “must win” situation.  The boys came out and controlled the game from start to finish.  We limited our opponents to just 5 shots on goal by some great defense from Nick Barrus, Kassim Kassim, and Tyler Mondo Goodrich.  Our offense put a few shots by the opposing keeper and it was enough to hold on for a 2-0 win and 3 points to move ahead of the Lions/Chiefs.


Overall record: 3-2-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6


Individual accomplishments:

Isa Habeeb- 1 goal (6th of the season)

Ibrahim Ibrahim- 1 goal (8th of season)

Christian Lawrence- 5 saves



In a weekend tournament such as this, there is no rest for the weary as the Bisons needed to play in a back to back game against NJSD.  Once again, the Bisons were at a disadvantage having just played a match whereas the Colts hadn’t competed yet.  Despite our tired legs we were able to take a 2-0 lead into the 1st half by goals from Nick Barrus and Adnan Abdi.  However, as exhaustion began to settle in, so did some injuries which put two of our starters on the bench. NJSD was able to take advantage and chipped in 2 goals of their own.  With 10 minutes remaining,  our goalie (Christian Lawrence) and the remainder of  our defense was able to turn away the Colts desperate attempts and hold steady for the 2-2 tie that for the third time this weekend earned us 1 point.


Overall record: 3-3-10

N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6

Individual accomplishments:

Nick Barrus- 1 goal (9th of the season)

Adnan Abdi- 1 goal (2nd of the season)

Christian Lawrence- 10 saves


The Bisons earned 6 points this weekend putting us in 3rd place overall.  This was a drastic improvement from last year’s tournament when we finished in last.  We can also hang our hats on the fact that no other team was able to defeat us all weekend.  Please wish our boys congrats on a successful tournament.

Thursday, October 22

It took some time for the Bisons' to shake off the rust against the Falk school. We haven’t played competitively in a week.  A team that we had beaten a few times earlier this season managed to keep the score tied 1-1 at halftime. However, once we were able to find our “game” legs again, we started to apply more pressure until Falk broke down.  Isa Habeeb scored his first ever “hatrick” (3 goals) and Ibrahim Ibrahim as well as Nick Barrus each added to the scoreboard to make the final score 5-2.  It should be noted that our team hasn’t lost in 6 games since October 7th.  We have one more game left in our season against the Oracle Charter School next week Tuesday at home.  Please join and support our boys as they look to continue their streak and finish the 2015 campaign on a high note.

Overall record: 4-3-10


N.F.C.A.A. record: 2-6