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Russell Cicerone earned TopDrawerSoccer.com Goal of the Year accolades

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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York men's soccer standout Russell Cicerone earned TopDrawerSoccer.com Goal of the Year accolades on Monday, as announced by the website on Monday. Cicerone won the award for his double overtime game-winning blast from midfield against Bryant on September 5. "I think everyone in the stadium at the time knew that they had witnessed something quite incredible," said second-year head coach Stu Riddle. "This recognition enhances Russell's reputation as a top college soccer player and gives great credibility to the program and the department as a whole." Cicerone earned 6,947 votes out of 17,498 (40%) in TopDrawerSoccer.com's poll and became the first Bull to earn the designation for Goal of the Year. The clip of the goal, seen below, is UB Athletics most viewed YouTube clip ever with over 164,900 views so far. With inclement weather enter the area and UB and the Bryant Bulldogs tied at two, UB's sophomore leading scorer knew what he had to do. Cicerone took a pass off the opening kick in the second overtime from Nicolai Berry and drove a perfectly placed blast just over the outstretched arm of the Bulldogs keeper. The shot rang off the cross bar then off the keepers back and into the net to earn UB the 3-2 win, just four seconds into the second overtime period. The win for the Bulls was their first of the season. Check out Cicerone's double OT midfield game-winning goal here: