Hawks Can't Hold On

Double overtime loss to D'YC
Release Date:
September 29, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s soccer team hosted cross town and new Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponent D’Youville College on Tuesday, September 29th. The players were aggressive and play was physical because both teams had a lot riding on the outcome of the game. With less than five minutes left in the second overtime period, D’Youville College found the back of the net and won the game, 2-1. The win improves the Spartans overall record to 1-9 and 1-2 in AMCC play. Hilbert drops to 0-9-1 and 0-2-1.

Hilbert scored first in the game at the 49 minute mark. Sophomore Eric Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) booted one past goalie Dan Cornelius off a penalty kick giving Russell his second goal for the season. Hilbert held onto the lead for the next sixteen minutes until Jordan Wabick slid one past Hawks freshman goalie Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier). In regulation, Hilbert held a 16 -12 shot advantage and had more corner kick opportunities (9-6), but just couldn’t put it away.
During the first overtime period, Hilbert was able to get one shot on goal, but Cornelius pulled that ball in maintaining the tie score. Other than one offsides by D’Youville, both teams both worked extremely hard for ball possession and looked for scoring opportunities without giving up an advantage to the other team. But finally in the 105th minute of play, Eric Kummer headed a ball in the Hilbert goal off a cross by Wabick to end the game.
For Coach Tim Kronenwetter, the frustration he and his player felt was obvious: “One missed mark in 105 minutes goes right down the drain.” 
The Hawks will regroup and pull themselves together before their next home game on Thursday, October 1st against Wells College beginning at 4pm. The Express bring a 2-7 overall record into this week’s match and Hilbert will look to win this year’s match as they did during the 2008 season.
 Sophomore David Walkow fights for possession against D'Youville College on Tuesday, September 29 

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.