Offense was Coming

And it finally arrived!
Release Date:
October 3, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY—The Hilbert College men’s soccer team has been waiting for 32 days this season for the explosion to occur. And when it did, it happened often and by several different players. The Hawks hosted Mount Aloysius College (MAC) on Saturday, October 3 for an AMCC conference battle of winless teams, and proudly the Hawks come away with a dominating 5-0 victory.  This win improves their overall record to 1-10-1 and 1-2-1 in AMCC standings.

Before ten minutes had eclipsed in the game, senior Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) scored on Mount Aloysius goalie Jordan Johnson, and less than three minutes later, sophomore Eric Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) scored for the Hawks again making the score 2-0 in the twelfth minute mark. The Hawks never backed down and kept the pressure on the Mounties goalie the entire first half although the score didn’t change after the early scores. Hilbert outshot MAC 20-2 and had 6-1 advantage on corner kicks by half time. A pair of freshman helped their upperclassmen get their points: Ed Minkel (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) to Cunningham and James Knapp (Lockport, NY/St. Mary’s Lancaster) to Russell.
The second half of the game developed into an early Matt Begeal show with him scoring his first career goal at in the 46th minute off an assist by Russell. The senior defender (Northville, NY/Wells) wasn’t done until the 79th minute when he score yet again off a freshman Jon Flowers (Eden, NY/Eden) assist.
Finishing the day off for Hilbert was Greg Zitnik (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) who put one home off a corner kick set up by junior Justin Pietrowski (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster).
For the day, it was a great confidence builder for the Hawks. They outshot the Mounties 39-9 and had 17 shots on goal vs. MAC’s 5 shots on goal. “We had a pretty balanced attack today out of the boys with 8 different guys on the score sheet and, as important, a defensive shutout,” shared Coach Tim Kronenwetter.  Freshman Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier) gets credit for the shut out even though sophomore Scott Walker (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) subbed in during the 63rd minute.
The Hawks will battle another cross town rival on Wednesday, October 7th when they travel to All High Stadium on Main Street in Buffalo to compete against Medaille College under the lights at 8 pm.


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.