HC rally ties Thiel

Release Date:
September 25, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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GREENVILLE, PA – Thiel College’s Chad Swisher scored the first two goals, but it was Hilbert College’s Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) who netted the last two in a 2-2 men’s intercollegiate soccer game Tuesday afternoon. After 110 minutes, and 24 fouls, two tired teams settled for a draw after a pair of scoreless overtime periods failed to promote a winner.

Swisher got the host Tomcats (1-6-1) on the board at 18:57 and later upped the lead to 2-0 with his second goal of the game coming at 35:04. Hilbert’s Pat Coleman (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) found Cunningham for his first goal 4:28 later, and the Hawks had a breath of new life trailing just 2-1 at the half.

Cunningham would find the back of the net for the all-important tying goal at 74:38 but the rally would end there. On the day, the Tomcats held a 17-14 advantage in shots including a 5-1 edge during two 10 minute overtime periods.

Hilbert goalie Chris Hannel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) stopped nine shots while Thiel’s Tim Smith was credited with eight saves.

Hilbert (1-6-2) returns to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) play with a 3:00 pm home match against the University of Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday.

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.