Hawks Defeat Thiel

Release Date:
September 25, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s soccer team earned their second victory of the season, with a 3-1 home victory over Thiel College, Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Hawks improve their record to 2-6 on the season.

Freshman Bill Strassner (Spencerport, NY/Bishop Kearney) scored the first goal of the contest with with 5:39 remaining in the 1st half. The tally was Strassner’s first career NCAA point. The goal was assisted by junior Karl Bukowicki (Depew, NY/Lancaster). In the second half, Buckowicki would again set up a score, this time feeding senior Mike Gabor (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale)seven seconds into the second stanza, to give Hilbert a 2-0 lead.

Thiel would cut the lead in half however, scoring on a penalty kick with 42:16 remaining in the second half. The penalty that led to the score was a ruling of a handball inside the box.

The Hawks would put the game away when freshman Eric Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroqouis) converted on a feed from Gabor and fellow freshman Scott Cvetkovski (Cheektowaga, NY/Depew) who also earned his first career NCAA point.

In net, freshman Scott Walker (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) made 10 saves for the Hawks to earn his first career win.

The Hawks return to action Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. when Hilbert plays host to AMCC foe Penn State Altoona.

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.