Russell's PK Score Not Enough

Release Date:
September 14, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


HAMBURG, NY –Elmira College (4-0) escaped with a 2-1 victory over Hilbert College in a non-conference men’s soccer game September 14. Both teams were emotionally charged and played through a total of 26 fouls and 6 yellow cards on a cool and overcast afternoon. Senior Eric Russell’s {in photo to right} score in the 78th minute gave Hawks new life, but time ran out on the team, dropping their overall record to 0-5.

Elmira's Edward Michelson drew first blood on a rifled-kick to the lower right corner off a restart. Hilbert’s Kamil Cislak had no chance at stopping the ball from behind his defensive wall. Both teams played even the rest of the first half and continued their back and forth rally into the first 25 minutes of the second period.   Alex Poole netted the Soaring Eagles second goal at 70:56 giving Elmira what they thought was a nice cushion. 

Eight minutes later, after a hand ball in the box was called on the visitors, Hilbert’s Eric Russell stepped up and calming went left as the keeper went right, giving the Hawks their first goal of the game.

Elmira had a 8-1 advantage in corner kicks and out-shot the Hawks 13-7. Both goalies finished with 4 saves but Hilbert’s keeper stepped in to break-up more scoring opportunities. James Knapp, Scott Cvetkovski, Tom Cheney, Jon Flowers and Ed Heffron all played gutsy defense and never backed down from the offensive push that Elmira threw at them.

The Hawks have one more home contest (September 17) before they hit the road again.   Hilbert hosts cross-town rival Buffalo State Saturday (1pm) then will board a bus and travel to Morrisville (9/19) and Thiel (9/21).

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.