PSA cruises to win over HC in men’s soccer

Release Date:
September 22, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

ALTOONA, PA – Looking to avenge last year’s 8-0 thumping in Hamburg, the Hilbert College men’s soccer team suffered through a similar replay Saturday night with a disappointing 7-0 loss at Penn State Altoona (7-2, 1-0). The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) preseason runner-up a year ago showed why they are the preseason pick to win this year’s title as nine different players recorded a point in the Lions win.

Len Castor’s game winning goal just 3:56 into regulation proved to be enough as the speedy sophomore forward opened the scoring by cashing in on an early rebound to make it 1-0. Bryan Pierzga netted his first of two goals on the night at 20:17 and Richard Hopewell made it 3-0 at 28:27. Brock Heller rounded out the first half scoring at 37:21 and the Lions were in control, up 4-0.

Pierzga recorded his second goal of the night at 58:13 and rookie Andrew Harrison added goals six and seven just 4:39 apart midway through the second stanza. The home team used 24 players to outshoot the Hawks 37-2 while owning a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.

Hilbert’s Eric Davies (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) and Chris Hannel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) shared time in net recording four and six saves respectively. The Lions’ Brandon McQuillen and Marc Zajac had a quiet night with no saves needed for the winners.

The Hawks (1-5-1, 0-1) will regroup for a 5:00 pm match at Thiel College (1-6) on Tuesday in Greenville, PA.

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.