Johnson, Gatnarek lead Bobcats past Hawks

Release Date:
September 29, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Billy Johnson scored two goals and Joel Gatnarek scored and added an assist to lift the University of Pitt-Greensburg past Hilbert College 3-1 in men’s collegiate soccer. Kahle Lenz added a pair of assists for the winners who improved to 4-7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) after Saturday’s victory in Hamburg.

Johnson opened the scoring at 21:00 as both teams combined for just six shots during the first half of play. Utilizing just 11 players, the Hawks took advantage of the halftime break to regroup and rest some heavy legs before heading back onto the field for the second half.

Gatnarek gave the visitor’s a 2-0 lead just four minutes into the second stanza, but Hilbert’s Brandon Bettinger (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) connected on a pass from Mike Gabor (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) to cut the lead to 2-1 at 50:25. Johnson would give the Bobcats the all-important two-goal lead at 86:00 and a stiff defense kept the Hawks from getting any closer.

For Hilbert, goalie Eric Davies (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) stopped four shots on the afternoon, while the Bobcats C.J. Stangl was credited with one save in earning the win.

The Hawks (1-6-2, 0-2) will return to action on Wednesday at AMCC leader and local foe Medaille College. Kick-off against the Mavericks is scheduled for 8:00 pm at All-High Stadium in Buffalo.

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.