HC Men's Soccer Team Drops Opener

Release Date:
September 4, 2004
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September 4, 2004


HAMBURG, N.Y. – D’Youville College’s Ysif Gibrill recorded a hat-trick in helping the visiting Spartans to a 4-2 win over Hilbert College Saturday in Men’s NCAA Division III Soccer action.  The loss spoils the head coaching debut of Hilbert coach Tim Kronenwetter.


The host Hawks (0-1) opened the scoring at 28:25 of the first half with a goal by Jacob Opala (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and led 1-0 at the half. Opala’s goal was the 22nd of his career, tying him with Ryan Acanfora (’01) for most career goals.


Tim Jordan (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) scored at the 65:00 mark to bump the Hawks lead to 2-1 with Dan Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) picking up his second assist on the day. The Spartans (1-0) then scored three unanswered goals as the steamy weather began to take its toll on both teams.


Hilbert keeper Peter McCafferty (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) turned away two shots in a losing effort.


The Hawks travel to Waynesburg College Sept. 6 for a 2 p.m. game.

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.