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  • 2019-2020 Varsity Soccer Team

    Front row: Ryan Brzezinski, Di’Ovanny Lacen, Jonathan Allen, Isa Habeeb, Nick Barrus, Ethan Antone, Mobin Abdollahi, Michael Norris

    Back Row: Bryan Booke – Coach, Brady Bartell, Dalton Burlingame, Kassim Kassim, Magdi Mohammed, Farhad Ghorbani, Francoise DeGrasse, Saul Alvira, Kioneyshka Alvira-Jurado, Francis Nguyen, Kevin LeRoy- Assistant Coach

     

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    Game Recap 2019

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    NFCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

    Monday, November 4th, 2019

    The Bison’s ended their historical 2019 campaign by winning the Niagara Frontier Christian Athletic Association(NFCAA) championship yesterday afternoon against top seeded Chesterton Academy.  It was the first time that the Bison’s had won the championship since having entered the league.  For anyone who’s ever played competitive sports, you are aware that it’s very difficult to beat a team 3 times in one season.  That’s because you know your opponent’s strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies.  Since the Bison’s  had already lost to Chesterton twice in our head to head match-ups earlier this regular season, the coaching staff felt it necessary that we show our opponents a different strategy that they may not be expecting.  We decided to move rookie back-up goalie Saul Alvira into the keeper position and senior veteran Isa Habeeb into the field in an effort to stack our defense with an extra player to block as many shots as we could.  Once the match started our plan was working to perfection. 

    Throughout the entire 1st half, not only were we able to successfully limit and/or block a majority of Chesterton’s shots, but Saul Alvira stood tall in between the posts and was able to save any ball that managed to sneak through.  Unfortunately, although Ethan Antone, Farhad Ghorbani, and Brady Bartell had some good opportunities to score,  the #1 seed was also up to the task defensively and stymied the Bison’s attack keeping the score knotted 0-0 at halftime.  With the stakes of winning a championship at large, the intensity of the match began to rise in the second half.  It felt as though the first team to score would gain a enormous advantage.  That said, Chesterton academy was able to punch in the first goal and give them the 1-0 edge. All season long, the Bison’s have prided themselves on controlling their emotions in specific game situations.  We’ve learned to never panic or get too down ourselves if things momentarily aren’t going in our favor.  We’ve talked about how an entire season along with individual games are an emotional roller coaster ride that has its up’s and down’s. We’ve always stressed that no matter what, to always “move on” and forget about what happened previously.  The Bison’s took that message to heart because right after Chesterton scored, within 30 seconds, Mobin Abdollahi was able to march down the field and notch a goal that put us right back in the match.  The game began to open up a little bit as each team began taking more risks.  At the halfway point of the 2nd half, Nick Barrus left his defensive position and joined the rush up field.  It didn’t take long for Nick to blast a shot from outside the 18 yard line that found its way the back of Chesterton’s net.  Now we were in the drivers seat but couldn’t afford to sit back.  Our opponents brought everything they had at us by moving their entire team up field to pressure our defensive.   It was just a matter of time before we couldn’t hold them back anymore.  We had some incredible blocks and saves but with 4 minutes remaining, Chesterton was finally able to get the equalizer to put the game at 2-2.  With time dwindling down, it was clear that our opponents were playing to get this match into overtime and possibly a shootout.  However, the Bisons wanted to end this contest right here and right now.  We went on the attack and attempted to generate as many shots as we could while keeping the ball out of our defensive zone.  You could hear the referee vocally begin his 10 second countdown until the end of regulation.  Was this game destined to go to overtime? The referee screamed 10 sec…. 9 sec…... 8sec…… and before anyone realized it,  Mobin Abdollahi was able to direct a pass at the perfect angle to get the shot on goal.   Both sides froze and watched as the ball with barely enough force trickle over the goal line in slow motion.  Chesterton’s goalie dropped to his knees in disbelief that the Bison’s scored with 8 seconds remaining.  We milked the clock to end the match and pull off the remarkable upset to become champs!  The final score was 3-2. 

    Please wish the Bison’s congrats on a great finish to a fantastic season.  Congrats to our seniors (Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb, Kassim Kassim, & Ryan Brzezinski) on a wonderful 4 year varsity soccer career.  What a way to cap it off!

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 9-5

    NFCAA Record: 7-3(League Champions)

    ESDAA Record: 2-2

     

    Individual Stats:

    Mobin Abdollahi: 2 goals(6th & 7th of the season)

    Nick Barrus: 1 goal(15th of the season)

     

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    In dramatic fashion, the Bison’s beat Central Baptist in a #2 seed vs #3 seed semi-final match-up yesterday to advance to our first ever NFCAA championship.  Both teams played cautiously throughout the entire match and were very deliberate when choosing their opportunities to go on the attack.  Mobin Abdollahi continued his recent hot streak by netting his 5th goal of the season off a left footed shot just outside the 18 yard line that gave our team the edge on the scoreboard.  Unfortunately, our lead was short lived as the Lions were able to strike back with a shot that was just over the head and out of the reach of Isa Habeeb to tie the game 1-1 at halftime.  In the 2nd half, both teams had their fair share of chances to score and put the game away, but in the closing minutes it was clear that this match was not going to be decided in regulation.  NFCAA league playoff rules require a double 5 minute sudden death overtime period.  If neither team can score after the overtime periods, the game will proceed to a 5 player shootout to determine the winner.  The Bison’s game plan for overtime was to make sure our players kept their emotions in check.  When you get too emotional on the field, you begin to do things tactically that you wouldn’t ordinarily do.  Both teams were careful to not allow any defensive breakdowns and after 10 minutes of overtime the game remained knotted 1-1.  In a strategic move, the Bison’s changed goalies for the shootout and opted  to go with Nick Barrus in between the posts.  The Bison’s won the coin toss and elected to shoot first in a calculated plan to put the pressure on our opponent that if we had scored on our first attempt, Central Baptist would feel the extra burden to answer.  Brady Bartell, Ryan Brzezinski, Farhad Ghorbani, and Magdi Mohammed each stepped up for a goal while Nick Barrus was able to make a few saves to give the Bison’s the victory .  Our players and fans were excited to see us come out on top and look forward to participating in the championship game against #1 seed Chesterton Academy on Thursday at home at 4pm.  Please wish the our team congrats and good luck.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 8-5

    NFCAA Record: 6-3

    ESDAA Record: 2-2

     

    Individual Stats:

    Mobin Abdollahi: 1 goal(5th of the season)

    Brady Bartell: 1 goal(5th of season)

    Ryan Brzezinski: 1 goal(2nd of the season)

    Farhad Ghorbani: 1 goal(2nd of the season)

    Magdi Mohammed: 1 goal(2nd of the season)

    Thursday, Octover 24, 2019

    The Bison’s rounded out their regular season campaign with a convincing 4-1 win against the Stanley G. Falk School. Our team played with a mission. Not only were we trying to rebound from a tough loss earlier in the week, but with a victory over the Falcons it would catapult the team into the NFCAA playoffs. Despite the fact that our opponent scored first, the Bison’s didn’t panic and continued to control the tempo of the match. It wouldn’t be long before Mobin Abdollahi. would blast a few shots past Falk’s keeper to give us a 1 goal advantage heading into halftime. The coaching staff reminded our squad to keep “the pedal to the metal” by pressuring the other teams defense and not just sitting back. Senior captain, Nick Barrus, got the message loud and clear and collected 2 “blue collar” goals and tacked on to his team leading total. With a 3 goal differential, we were able to substitute many of our players to give our starters a rest and our deep bench more experience heading into our playoff game next week Tuesday at home against Central Baptist. Please wish the Bison’s congrats and good luck!

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

    Overall Record: 7-5

    NFCAA Record: 5-3

    ESDAA Record: 2-2

     

    Individual Stats:

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(13th & 14th of the season)

    Mobin Abdollahi: 2 goals(3rd & 4th of the season)

     

    Tuesday, October 23, 2019

    The Bison’s started off a little sluggish against Chesterton Academy yesterday. It took our team until the 15:00 minute mark of the match to truly “find our legs”. Admittedly, our team was lucky to have survived the 1st half and escape by only a 1 goal deficit. In the 2nd half, we initially responded well by generating more shots and putting some pressure on our opponent. The Bison’s were rewarded for their efforts when Nick Barrus scored his team leading 12th goal of season and tied the game at 1-1. Unfortunately, immediately following our goal, Chesterton sprinted down the field and caught our defense and goalie on their heels with a passing tic tac toe goal and regained the advantage. That’s when the flood gates opened and the #1 ranked team in the NFCAA was able to turn up their game to a higher level and exploded for 3 more goals. The Bison’s maintained their composure and continued to make good plays but it was too little too late. We lost 5-1. We have one more vital regular season game left this week Thursday against the Stanley G. Falk School. If we win we will have qualified for the playoffs next week. Please wish the team good luck.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 6-5

    NFCAA Record: 4-3

    ESDAA Record: 2-2

     

    Individual Stats:

    Nick Barrus: 1 goal(12th of the season)

    Isa Habeeb: 6 saves

     

    ESDAA II Tournament - NYSD, Rome, New York

    GAME #1

    The Bison’s soccer team travelled to NYSSD (New York State School for the Deaf) in Rome, NY in their quest for the ever elusive ESDAA Division 2 championship.  Our first match of the tournament was on Friday afternoon against the combined team from Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) and Millneck.  After 3 inches of rainfall over the course of the past 36 hours, the conditions in Rome were less ideal.  The Bison’s found themselves struggling to make passes and take quality shots on the water logged field.  What should have been an easy test for the for our team turned into a bit of a nail bitter with a 0-0 halftime score.  The coaches settled the players down and explained that if we stuck to our plan, showed a little patience, and controlled our emotions by not panicking, we should prevail in the end.  Sure enough, in start of the 2nd half, Nick Barrus used his head (pun intended) off a corner kick to give us the lead.  With our defenders pressing up the field and containing most of the action to our offensive zone, it allowed our strikers to pressure our opponents until they eventually cracked by allowing 2 more goals from Brady Bartell and another from Nick Barrus.  The Bison’s pulled out a 3-0 victory and advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday morning against the always tough Colts from New Jersey School for the Deaf. 

     

    Overall Record: 5-3

    NFCAA Record: 4-2

    ESDAA Record: 1-1

     

    Individual Stats:

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(10th & 11th of the season)

    Brady Bartell: 1 goal(4th of the season)

     

    Game #2

    In our 2nd game of the ESDAA tournament, we matched up against New Jersey School for the Deaf for the opportunity to play in the championship.  Unfortunately, the field conditions didn’t improve overnight and it presented a challenge for both team throughout the course of the contest.  Our Bison’s midfielder, Ethan Antone scored midway through the 1st half, giving us a slight edge as we battled our way towards halftime.  As expected, the Colts were able to get the equalizer with 15:00 minutes left in the match and neither team was able to capitalize thereafter.  According to ESDAA tournament rules, when there is a tie at the end of regulation, there is no overtime.  The game goes directly into a 3 player shootout.  Unfortunately, Ryan Brzezinski was the only player who was able to get a shot past our opponents keeper and we ended up losing the shootout 2-1.  The loss was disappointing and it meant that our quest for a championship will elude us yet again.  That said, we had no time to dwell on what should’ve, could’ve, but didn’t.  We had to comeback and play for 3rd place against Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, who also lost in a heart breaking shootout earlier that day. 

     

    Overall Record: 5-4

    NFCAA Record: 4-2

    ESDAA Record: 1-2

     

    Individual Stats:

    Ethan Antone: 1 goal(9th of the season)

    Ryan Brzezinski: 1 goal(1st of the season) shoot out PK

     

    GAME #3

    In our 3rd and final match of the ESDAA division 2 soccer tournament, the Bison’s were forced to collect their emotions quickly after a devastating loss 2 hours prior and go after 3rd place against the Panthers from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  Both teams played a risk free conservative style while waiting for the other team to make a mistake.  With 7 minutes left in the entire match, newly acquired mid fielder Mobin Abdollahi was standing in the right place at the right time to “pick up the trash” off a loose rebound that the oppositions goalie couldn’t control.  That was all the Bison’s needed to win the game.  It’s worth noting that the St. Mary’s defense only allowed 1 goal in regulation the entire tournament.  We’re coming home with some hardware including; 3rd place overall, 1st place team shooting championship, 1st place individual shooting champion (Farhad Ghorbani), and 2 ESDAA tournament all-stars (Nick Barrus and Kassim Kassim).

     

    Overall Record: 6-4

    NFCAA Record: 4-2

    ESDAA Record: 2-2

     

    Both Coach Leroy and myself would like to wish the team congrats on a great weekend.  Our season isn’t over.  We have two more regular season league games left this week.  Depending on their outcome, the Bison’s look to qualify for the NFCAA playoffs.  Wish us luck.

     

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    October 16, 2019

    Varsity games vs. Falk has been canceled due to the inclement weather.

    October 15, 2019

    The Bison’s exacted revenge yesterday against the Lions from Central Baptist.  Earlier this season, our league opponent gave us a severe drubbing in our first match.  This time around, we were able to return the favor by lighting up the scoreboard 7 times by 5 different players.  More important than our 7-1 win over the Lions, were the number of individual accomplishments that resulted in the victory.  The Bison’s had three different players score their first career varsity goals including Mobin Abdollahi, Magdi Mohammed, & Brady Bartell.  Brady Bartell also topped off his individual efforts by notching a hattrick (3 goals).  Included in our teams success yesterday was that rookie freshmen  Dalton Burlingame gained the courage to come off the bench and participate in live action for the first time all season.  Lastly, this game was important to our seniors(Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb, Kassim Kassim, Ryan Brzezinski) who were motivated by the fact that this would be their final regular season home game of their soccer careers.  This win extends our streak to 4 games in a row and puts our team just over .500 for the first time this year.  Please wish the Bison’s congrats on their win and good luck as we travel to the Stanley G. Falk school in our 2nd match in as many days.  It is sure to be a tough game, the Falcons always play us very evenly.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 4-3

    NFCAA Record: 4-2

    ESDAA Record: 0-1

    Individual Stats:

    Brady Bartell: 3 goals(1st, 2nd, & 3rd of season)

    Mobin Abdollahi: 1 goal(1st of the season)

    Magdi Mohammed: 1 goal(1st of the season)

    Ethan Antone: 1 goal(8th of the season)

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(8th & 9th of the season)      

     

    October 9, 2019

    After a slow start to the regular season, the Bison’s have begun to heat up by making it 3 wins in a row yesterday after a closely contested match against Christian Academy of Western New York (CAWNY).  This was the 2nd time we played against this team in less than a weeks’ time.  We knew heading into the match that we couldn’t attack our opponent with the same strategy that got us the victory in our first game.  We also prepared our squad to anticipate CAWNY having a different game plan than what we had faced the first time around.  Sure enough, our NFCAA rival started the contest off quickly by flooding our 18 yard box  and putting our defense on its heels.  We were unable to clear the ball out of our zone in time enough for CAWNY to connect on a strike that gave them the 1-0 advantage.  This group of Bison’s weren’t going to allow this early set-back to dictate how this match would continue.  We were able to quickly re-group and go on the attack with a smart “heads up” play by Kassim Kassim who made a nice pass to Nick Barrus  and with his left foot was able to sneak a shot past our opponents keeper to tie the score 1-1.  Later on in the half, Nick Barrus was able to continue his scoring streak by looping a shot over the goalies head from just over ½ field to give the Bison’s their first lead of the match.  In the 2nd half of the game, both teams were able to shut down the others scoring opportunities with some stifling defense and some excellent goalie play from Isa Habeeb.  No more goals were earned and the final score remained 2-1.  Please wish the boys congrats on a hard fought win.  Our next match is back home on Tuesday, October 15th  at 4pm in a re-match from our 1st game of the season against the Lions from Central Baptist.  Please come out and support our Bison’s as we look to get some revenge from an earlier loss and continue our winning streak.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 3-3

    NFCAA Record: 3-2

    ESDAA Record: 0-1

     

    Individual Stats:

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(6th & 7th of season)   

      

    October 7, 2019

    In yesterday’s NFCAA league match-up against the Stanley G. Falk school (Falk), the Bisons looked to build off their victory from last week and go for 2 in a row.  Our opponents came out fast and caught our defense off guard by scoring on a fluke corner kick in the 1st minute of the match.  Instead of hanging our heads, we re-grouped quickly in an effort to make-up for our mistake.  With the help of a healthy rotation of mid-fielders(Mobin Abdollahi, Brady Bartell, Saul Alvira, Kioney Alvira Juardo, & Francis “Frank” Nyguen) substituting in and out of the game to keep everyone fresh, we were able to grind out a few tough goals to take a marginal lead into halftime.  We spoke to our players during the break about what they would need to execute in the 2nd half in order to come away with the win.  It was vital for our team not to sit back and protect our slim lead by playing “prevent” defense, but rather continue to stay offensive minded and attack.  That said, we were able to punch in a few more goals from Nick Barrus and Ethan Antone to give us a comfortable cushion and an eventual 5-2 win.  We’re back on the road tomorrow heading to CAWNY who defeated last week.  Playing against the same team in less than one week won’t be an easy task.  Please wish the our squad congrats and good luck.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

     

    Overall Record: 2-3

    NFCAA Record: 2-2

    ESDAA Record: 0-1

     

    Individual Stats:

    Ethan Antone: 2 goals(6th & 7th of the season)

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(4th & 5th of the season)

    Mobin Abdollahi: 1 goal(1st of the season)

    October 3, 2019 

    On a wet fall like day in Buffalo, NY, the Bisons put some “pieces of the puzzle” together to earn their first win of the season against NFCAA league opponent from Central Academy of Western New York (CAWNY).  We had a impactful veteran (Kassim Kassim) back into the line-up and we were finally able to put our starters into the correct positions on the field.  The Bisons controlled the game from start to finish thanks to goals from Ethan Antone, Nick Barrus, and rookie Saul Alvira.  With Isa Habeeb back stopping in goal, it helped some of our newer players (Di’ovanny Lacey & Brady Bartell) feel more comfortable that if a mistake was made, the seniors who were back in their intended positions would be there to help. That said, all of our substitutes were able to get some valuable playing time and great experience in our 4-1 victory.  Wish the squad congrats on a complete team effort.  We’re right back at it this Monday, 10/7/2019 when we kick off against the Falcons from the Stanley G. Falk school in our 3rd league match in a row.  Continue to support your Bisons as we look to keep winning.

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

    Overall Record: 1-3

    NFCAA Record: 1-1

    ESDAA Record: 0-1

     

    Individual Stats:

    Isa Habeeb: 4 saves

    Ethan Antone: 1 goal(5th of the season)

    Nick Barrus: 2 goals(2nd & 3rd of the season)

    Saul Alvira: 1 goal(1st of the season)

     

    September 19, 2019

    The Bisons varsity soccer team travelled down to Central Baptist for their first match of this 2019 campaign.  After graduating a few starters from last year, we had some fresh faces added to the roster (Mobin Abdollahi, Brady Bartell, Kioney Alvira Juardo, Farhad Gorbani, Di’Ovanney Lacen, Saul Alvira, & Dalton Burlingame) who are learning new roles combined with some veterans who are taking on more responsibilities.  As the Bisons were figuring out how to play together as a team in a competitive game, Central Baptist was able to take advantage and capitalized early giving them the lead.  Our opponents lead didn’t last long.  Ethan Antone was able to knot up the score off a great shot that our opponents keeper couldn’t handle.  Unfortunately, the Lions were able to open things up a little and took a 3-1 lead into halftime.  Although Isa Habeeb played solid in goal for the first time in his 4 year career and kept things competitive for the Bisons, we were forced to make some adjustments in an effort to generate more offense. That meant starting rookie Saul Alvira in between the pipes, moving Isa into the field, and moving senior Nick Barrus to offense.  Nick was able to pick up where he left off from his deaf all-American season last year by scoring a goal and an assist.  However, our adjustments left our defense vulnerable to Central Baptists potent attack.  The Bisons dropped their season opener 7-3.  Despite the loss, it was a good learning experience that we will use moving forward.  We will need to move on quickly from this loss so we can prepare for our next match against our rivals from RSD next week Wednesday as part of a double header following the baby Bisons soccer match against the Wildcats.  Come out and support your school and our athletic program during deaf awareness week. GO BISONS!

    Thanks,

    Coach Booke & Coach Leroy

    Overall Record: 0-1

     Individual Stats:

     Isa Habeeb: 6 saves

    Ethan Antone: 2 goals(1st & 2nd of the season)

    Nick Barrus: 1 goal(1st of the season)

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