Men’s Soccer 2009 Season Recap

Release Date:
November 2, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

2009 Season Review - The Hilbert Men’s Soccer team battled through a challenging 2009 season. With a young skilled team and only three seniors graduating, the Hawks will return a core group of players for 2010 including twelve underclassmen.

Throughout the first portion of the season the Hawks struggled on offense unable to find the back of the net. Offense would spark against University of Pittsburg at Greensburg where the Hawks battled to a double overtime 1-1 tie in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play.
Hilbert played in two other double overtime matches this season falling just short by a score of 1-2 in both heartbreaking losses.
Offense finally clicked half way through the season in a dominating win against conference foe Mount Aloysius where three different Hawk players found the back of the net and freshman goalkeeper Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/ Frontier) earned his first shutout of the season.
Leading the way for the Hawks this season was sophomore forward Eric Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) with four points on three goals and one assist. Freshman forward Greg Zitnik (Blasdell, NY/ Frontier) and Eric Russell tied for the team high of three goals for the 2009 season.
Also contributing on offense for the Hawks this season was senior defenseman Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/ Wells), junior forward Brandon Bettinger (Grand Island, NY/ Grand Island) and freshman forward James Knapp (Lockport, NY/ St. Mary’s of Lancaster) each tallying two goals throughout the season.
Senior forward Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/ Maryvale) recorded a goal and an assist in his final season as a Hawk.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Taylor and sophomore goalkeeper Scott Walker (Rochester, NY/ Bishop Kearney) split time between the pipes this year. Taylor made 10 starts allowing 20 goals against while facing 195 shots. Taylor registered a .806% save average. Walker allowed only 17 goals against facing 110 shots and earned a .76% save average. Both goalies will return for the 2010 season with valuable playing experience.
The Hawks finished with an overall record of 1-16-1 and an AMCC record of 1-6-1.  Season Recap notes.
In 2010 the Hawks will return a strong core of players and will look to complement their roster through a solid recruiting class.

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.