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1982 Buffalo Bulls Mens Soccer

So close, yet so far.

The UB Mens Soccer team had a successful season for Head Coach Sal Esposito, but fell just short of its goal of a second straight State University of New York Athletic Championship. Finishing at 8-3-2, the Bulls lost out to Buffalo State by just one game in the conference, after winning the division a year ago with a thrilling, must-game victory over Brockport State. Although disappointment was high, so was team pride and enthusiasm-even without the SUNYAC Championship or a bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The team was not without its stars. Defender Aldo Ballarin and goalie Marty Pavone were not only co-captains and inspirational leaders, but top-notch performers as well. Pavone set a career shut-out record, by blanking 15 opponents during a two year varsity career. Ballarin was selected to the SUNY all-star squad for his fine all-around play.

–1983 Buffalonian Yearbook


1982 Buffalo Bulls Soccer Season

9/11/1982 at Daemen 5 – 0 W
9/15/1982 at Geneseo* 2 – 0 W
9/20/1982 Houghton 0 – 2 L
9/29/1982 Buffalo State* 0 – 2 L
10/2/1982 Canisius College 6 – 0 W
10/6/1982 at Niagara 2 – 0 W
10/9/1982 LeMoyne 8 – 0 W
10/13/1982 at Fredonia* 2 – 2 T
10/16/1982 at St. Bonaventure 2 – 1 W
10/19/1982 at Syracuse 0 – 5 L
10/23/1982 Elmira 5 – 1 W
10/27/1982 at Oswego* 2 – 2 T
10/29/1982 Brockport* 2 – 0 W

FINAL RECORD: 8-3-2
Home Court: Rotary Field
Coach: Sal Esposito

*SUNYAC West games