Hawks Battle to a 1-1 Tie in AMCC Play

Bettinger scores goal in double overtime outcome
Release Date:
September 19, 2009
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HAMBURG, NY- The Hilbert Men’s soccer team battled AMCC conference foe University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to a 1-1 outcome after 110 minutes of play. The tie puts the Hawks record at 0-0-1 in conference play with an overall record of 0-6-1. Greensburg stands at 0-0-1 in conference play with an overall record of 1-5-1.

The Hawks came out strong pressuring the ball all over the field and took control of the game for the first fifteen minutes of play. After a back and forth battle junior forward Brandon Bettinger (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) found the back of the net off a free kick with just fifty one seconds remaining in the first half. Despite being outshot by the Bobcats 12-5 during the half, the Hawks led 1-0 at intermission.
The Bobcats wouldn’t remain off the scoreboard for long as they came out fast firing in a goal past freshman goalkeeper Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier) just three minutes into the second half. The goal was scored by freshman forward Sam Kuhn and assisted by fellow freshman forwards Ryan Scheestel and Jason Turner. Play would remain aggressive and even as both teams fired eight shots on net throughout the half before sending the game into overtime.
In the first overtime Hilbert’s goalkeeper Josh Taylor tallied two crucial saves building momentum in favor of the Hawks. Hilbert would have two opportunities in front of the net, but solid defense from the Bobcats would send the game into double overtime.
Heading into the second overtime both teams were fatigued. “We played the game with two key injuries and a third key player missing, said Kronenwetter. Certain players played out of position today and with that I couldn’t be more proud of their honest effort.”
The Bobcat’s outshot the Hawks in the second overtime 3-0. With only one minute remaining in the game Hilbert’s Taylor made a kick save in front of the net which otherwise would have resulted in the game winning goal for Greensburg. Taylor finished the day with fourteen saves.
“I’m so proud of my men for their 110 min of effort, said Coach Kronenwetter. To tie with three goal mouth blocks while scoring one, and having our goalie make 14 saves, is a wonderful effort."
The tie gives the Hawks one point in conference play.
Hilbert hits the road this week as they take on Thiel College Thursday, September 24, at 5 p.m. and conference opponent Franciscan University on Saturday, September 26, at 3 p.m.

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.