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June 18, 2022 - 9:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in flower city union, soccer, sports, batavia, van detta stadium.


Rochester-based Flower City Union, a professional soccer team, played its second game of the season at Van Detta Stadium on Thursday, losing to LA Force 3-0.

The team is now 3-11 on the season. The team is in fourth in the National Independent Soccer Association, Group A Division.

It travels the region, playing home games at different venues, in order to build a larger local fan base.

Top Photo: Midfielder Alex Ainscough.

Photos by Philip Casper.


Defender Andriy Demydiv


Midfielder Alex Ainscough


Midfielder Alex Ainscough


Midfielder Lukas Fernandes


 Forward Andre Deas





April 27, 2022 - 11:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, soccer, batavia, van detta stadium.

Flower City Union, a professional soccer team in Rochester playing its inaugural season, is coming to Batavia on May at 7:30 p.m. for a game against California United Strikers.

The teams are part of the National Independent Soccer Association, a third division professional soccer league.  The team is partly fan-owned.

"This is very cool to have this game in Batavia," said Michael Bromley, athletic director for Batavia City Schools.

The game will be played at Van Detta Stadium.

The price of the game is $10. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.flowercityunion.com.

October 20, 2021 - 11:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, soccer, oakfield-alabama, elba.


The Oakfield-Alabama/Elba girls soccer team ran into a great goalie for Canisteo-Greenwood in their final game of the season leading to a 4-2 loss in a shootout.

The Hornets finish 9-7-1.

Goalie Lily Davis made three saves.

The CG goalie made 32.

Christina Bartholomew and Macy Altamirano made their kicks in the shootout.

Head Coach David Carpino said, "We dominated play and possession but ran into a solid goal keep and hit posts and just couldn't put one in."

Photos by Kristin Smith.




October 6, 2021 - 9:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, soccer, oakfield-alabama.


Oakfield-Alabama's girls' soccer team beat Wheatland-Chili on a foggy night in Oakfield 3-1.

Photos by Kristin Smith.  For more, click here.






October 3, 2021 - 9:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, sports, soccer.


The Pembroke Dragons won their homecoming game in soccer on Saturday night, 3-2 over Akron in double overtime. Jonathan Suro scored the winning goal.

Photo and info submitted by Mary Friedmann

September 7, 2021 - 8:12am
posted by Press Release in sports, soccer, Le Roy.

Press release:

In a week where the Alfred University women’s soccer team went 1-0-2 in non-conference action to open the 2021 season, the Saxon defense kept defensive pressure off of their keeper and that was in large part thanks to Katline Cartwright (Le Roy, NY/Le Roy).

On Monday, in an official announcement by Associate Commissioner, Joe Venniro, Cartwright joined Hartwick goalie, Sara Staup as the Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Cartwright was also named the Saxon of the Week along with Alfred University football’s Jeremiah Young (Buffalo, NY/Canisius).

Cartwright anchored a defense as the center defender who had two shutouts in a week, going 1-0-2. Over the weekend she led a defense that only allowed seven shots on goal in two games. Cartwright was vital in preventing numerous dangerous goal-scoring opportunities from the opponents.

Cartwright and the Saxons will next head to SUNY Brockport on Wednesday, September 8 for a 4:00 p.m. start before playing in their first home game on Saturday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. versus Kings College (PA). 

April 2, 2021 - 11:04am
posted by Press Release in sports, soccer, Batavia Soccer Club.

From Jim Dillon:

Batavia Soccer Club has extended their online registration until April 18. It has been a difficult year and many people didn't receive notification of the online registration in the manner that they have in the past.

Registration is open for the U6 (players turning 5 or 6 in 2021), U8 (players turning 7 or 8 in 2021) and U10 (players turning 9 or 10 in 2021).

Detailed information on these programs can be found at BataviaSoccerClub.com.

We want to make sure that every interested family has an opportunity to register. Please feel free to contact us through our website or Facebook page with any questions.

Please click on this link to sign up and please share. Thank you!

March 28, 2021 - 12:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, pembroke, pembroke hs, sports, soccer.


Press release:

We would like to take the time to congratulate Montana Dieter on signing a celebratory letter of intent to compete at Genesee Community College this fall.

Montana plans on joining the Lady Cougars Soccer team at GCC under the guidance of Coach Jeff Reyngoudt. During Montana’s time here at Pembroke Central School she has been a standout in both Soccer and Cheerleading.  

As a member of the Lady Dragons Soccer Team, Montana has been a four-year starter at forward since her freshmen year. During her tenure with the Lady Dragons, she has put together an impressive resume, which includes 26 goals and 18 assists. Montana plans to use her immense speed and shiftiness to continue her success at the next level.

While attending GCC, Montana plans on studying to become a Registered Nurse. Montana is extremely excited and honored to continue her career at the next level, competing for the Cougars. 

Coach April Meier said, “I would like to congratulate Montana for her success and accomplishments while on the Pembroke Varsity soccer team. I know she will go on to do great things with this opportunity to play soccer at GCC next fall. Montana is a highly talented athlete her combined qualities of speed athleticism, quick decision making and mind for game strategy make her a formidable and skilled offensive player. It gives me great pride and pleasure to see the athletes from our program pursuing the sports they love in college. Best of luck to Montana and the GCC Cougars in their upcoming fall 2021 season!”


November 19, 2020 - 10:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in soccer, sports, byron-bergen.


Byron-Bergen's girls' soccer team came up a goal short in an overtime loss to Geneseo on Wednesday night to miss out on a Section V Class C1 title.

Emma Starowitz scored the Bees' only goal.

Athletic Director Rich Hannan (who submitted the team photo) said, "we couldn't be more proud of them! OT losses always hurt but they stayed positive. A great group of kids."

Also in girls' soccer sectional finals on Wednesday, Le Roy lost to Bath-Haverling 5-1.

November 18, 2020 - 2:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, sports, soccer.

For the second year in a row, the Le Roy Girls Soccer Team is heading to a sectional championship game after beating Mynderse 5-0.

They'll play #1 seed Bath tonight. Game time is 6 p.m. in Bath.

Maddie Keister scored two goals in the win over Mynderse. Bella Condidorio, Bryn Luckey, and Kailyn Tresco also each scored a goal. Keri Biggins had eight saves.

Also in girls soccer, Byron-Bergen plays for a sectional title at 7:30 p.m. against Geneseo in Avon.

Video by Tim McArdle.

November 18, 2020 - 1:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in soccer, sports, Notre Dame.


The Notre Dame Girls Soccer Team will play for a sectional title tomorrow night for the first time in program history.

Last night, the Fighting Irish beat Andover 3-0. Sky Colontonio, Emma Sisson, and Arabella Rogers each scored goals. Goalkeeper Rebecka Nickerson had seven saves.

The team plays Jasper-Troupsburg at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Van Detta Stadium in Batavia.

Photo and info provided by Jarrod Clark.

November 14, 2020 - 6:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, sports, soccer.


Bryn Luckey became Le Roy's all-time leading scorer in girls soccer last Saturday and she was honored last night at home before the Knights' quarterfinal sectional game against Waterloo in Class B2.

Luckey's road to 80:

  • 2016-13
  • 2017-22
  • 2018-21
  • 2019-13
  • 2020-11

Le Roy beat Waterloo 5-0 to advance to the semifinals.

Photo and information submitted by Tim McArdle.

January 30, 2020 - 12:11pm

Submitted photo and press release:

Byron-Bergen Central School District proudly announces that on Friday, Jan. 24, senior Miriam Tardy signed a letter of intent to attend SUNY Geneseo as a member of their women’s soccer team.

At SUNY Geneseo, Miriam plans to study Childhood Education and work toward her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

Witnessed by Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan, Varsity Soccer Coach Wayne Hill, and her family, Miriam took another step toward a bright future.

She has played soccer for 14 years, including four on the Byron-Bergen Varsity Team where she served as captain her junior and senior years. During her varsity soccer career, she was named a Genesee Region League All Star all four years, scoring 80 goals and 187 points.

“Miriam is an exceptional student-athlete,” Hannan said. “She is a talented soccer player, but she is also agreat person and a great role model. We are all cheering her on.”

In addition to soccer, Miriam is in her fourth season on the Varsity Girls Basketball Team where she served as captain her junior and senior years.

This spring she will enter her sixth season on the Varsity Track and Field Team where she was named a Genesee Region All Star in grades seven, nine, and 11. She is vice president of the Varsity Club, the Class of 2020 vice president, and vice president of the Byron-Bergen elite singing group, the Singing Silhouettes.

In 2019, Miriam was named Female Athlete of the Year by Byron-Bergen Central School District.

“Thank you to my teachers and coaches,” Miriam said. “I appreciate all the support they gave me both on the field and in the classroom.”

January 6, 2020 - 10:01am
posted by Billie Owens in sports, soccer, Le Roy, GCC.

Submitted photo and press release:

On Dec. 19th, Genesee Women’s Soccer signed their sixth recruit for the upcoming season, Kiaya Condidorio.

Kiaya is a 5’7” center midfielder and a three-year varsity starter for Le Roy High School Girls’ Soccer Team. She is an Honor Roll student, appeared in the Exceptional Senior Game this past fall, and was awarded All Livingston County as well. She has played for the Greece Cobras in the offseason and also plays basketball at LeRoy.

When asked what Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt saw in Condidorio, he said “She’s big, strong, and wins balls out of the air. She commands leadership on the field and distributes so well. We have been lacking a midfield with size and strength for a while.”

Reyngoudt had also mentioned that Chloe Barrett, who was Genesee’s first signee for the 2020 season, will be a perfect fit with Kiaya.

“They are both powerhouses and I’m excited to put the two of them on the field together,” Reyngoudt said.

The Genesee Cougar’s coaching staff is still in the process of recruiting for the 2020 team and have some more signings coming up. If you are interested in trying out for the Genesee Cougars, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at:  [email protected].

November 22, 2019 - 11:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, soccer, Batavia HS, batavia.


Katie Moore, a standout with Batavia High School's soccer team, signed a Division I scholarship offer this week with Jacksonville University in Florida.

Photo: Steve Moore, Katie Moore, Melissa Moore, William Buckenmeyer, Roger Hume, and Chris Chilano.

Submitted photo.

October 14, 2019 - 12:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in soccer, sports, batavia, Batavia HS.


Van Detta Stadium was filled with soccer players and soccer fans on Saturday for "Super Soccer Saturday" with five soccer games on the pitch, including an alumni soccer game in the afternoon (top photo).


  • JV boys (Batavia beat Pembroke 4-2)
  • JV girls (Batavia beat Greece-Odyssey 2-0)
  • Batavia Alumni (Members from 1991-2019 played. Evens beat odds 4-1)
  • Varsity Girls Sr. Recognition Game (Batavia beat Greece-Odyssey 4-0. Piper Harloff scored one goal and Katie Moore scored three).
  • Varsity Boys Sr. Recognition Game (Batavia beat Pembroke 3-0)

Photos and info submitted by Carolyn Della Penna.


Batavia senior girls: Syd Della Penna, Maddie Taggart, Erica Flint, Azalea Wierda, Katie Moore, Liv Ells, Emily Janes, Bri Gutman.

October 8, 2019 - 2:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia HS, soccer, video.
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The Blue Devils soccer team has historically faired poorly on artificial turf but Monday, they got a chance to start a new tradition -- one that is now necessary -- by winning their first home game in the new Van Detta Stadium.

Batavia beat Dansville 3-2 behind three goals by Garrick Havens. Two were on penalty kicks and the third was assisted by Andres Mateos.

Batavia took 16 shots on net and Dansville, 14.

Unique to the current roster are three pairs of brothers, all starters.

Watch the video to find out more and click this link to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

January 11, 2019 - 3:59pm

Submitted photos and press release:

The Byron-Bergen Senior High School proudly announces that every fall varsity Byron-Bergen sport team achieved the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Scholar-Athlete Team award.

The fall sports teams are cheerleading, boys cross-country, girls cross-country, football, gymnastics, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball.

“Here at Byron-Bergen we are always proud of our student athletes and their accomplishments,” said Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “This fall we are especially proud that all of our fall teams made the NYS Scholar-Athlete Team award.

"As Athletic Director, I am extremely blessed to work with such great student athletes and coaches. This particular recognition is a great testament to the student athletes and what it takes to perform at a high level. In and out of the classroom, our kids are getting it done!”

The Scholar-Athlete program recognizes athletes for their academic success. NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team awards go to teams whose average GPA of 75 percent of the athletic team equals 90 or above.

Scholar-Athlete Team award recipients, with Byron-Bergen HS students named below photos:

Cheerleading (a multi-school team)

  • Sarah Sue Streeter

Cross-country -- Boys

  • Joshua Fleming
  • Zachary Hannan
  • Travis Lambert
  • Colby Leggo
  • John Mercovich
  • Caleb Sharpe
  • Corden Zimmerman

Cross-country -- Girls

  • Rachel Best
  • Camryn Brookhart
  • Dayanara Caballero
  • Siomara Caballero
  • Emma Goodman
  • Sara Goodman
  • Annaliese Hersom
  • Cambria Kinkelaar
  • Alaura Rehwaldt
  • Grace Shepard
  • Emma Smith

Football (a multi-school team)

  • Alexander Dean
  • Anthony DiQuattro
  • Andrew Parnapy

Gymnastics (a multi-school team)

  • Victoria Rogoyski
  • Emily Salmonds

Soccer – Boys

  • Nicholas Baubie
  • Ryan Cooper
  • Adam Drake
  • Kyle Foeller
  • Rick Hubbard
  • William Johnson
  • Hunter Leach
  • Sabastian Pawlukewicz
  • Wade Thompson
  • Nathan Zwerka

Soccer -- Girls

  • Julianna Amesbury
  • Lydia Campbell
  • Zoey Chambry
  • Elizabeth Donnelly
  • Veronica Duell
  • Kelsey Fuller
  • Eden Goff
  • Hope Hersom
  • Melissa MacCowan
  • Jillian Menzie
  • Chloe Shuskey

Volleyball -- Girls

  • Justine Bloom
  • Hannah Catalino
  • Madison Farnsworth
  • Sara Fraser
  • Amaya Gunther
  • Janae Meister
  • Alexandra Vurraro
  • Annabella Vurraro
October 26, 2018 - 2:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in soccer, sports, news, Batavia Soccer Club.

Submitted photos and press release:

The Batavia Soccer Club is pleased to announce the successful completion of our fall soccer season with three of our teams earning championship titles in the Livingston County Fall Soccer League!

Games were held every Saturday in September and October in Geneseo, York, and Livonia, culminating in a season-ending tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20th.

The Batavia Soccer Club had 110 participants on nine teams enter this very competitive league which is comprised of third- through sixth-grade boys and girls teams from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Monroe, and Wyoming counties.

Our three championship-winning teams included two teams from the fifth- and sixth-grade girls division and one team from the third- and fourth-grade girls division.

The Batavia Soccer Club has served Genesee County and the surrounding area for more than 40 years. With more than 600 summer program participants in 2018, it is one of the largest and most successful youth sports program in the region.

Registration for the 2019 season will begin in December. Please visit our website at www.bataviasoccerclub.com.

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