Hawks Fall in 2OT to Bradford

Release Date:
October 29, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s soccer team fell 4-3 in double overtime to the University of Pittsburg at Bradford on Tuesday afternoon, at the Hilbert College soccer field. With the loss, the Hawks close their season with an overall record of 5-12 overall and 2-7 in league play.

With a “win and you’re in” scenario at hand the Hawks came out of the gate strong registering the game’s first goal. Ten minutes in, sophomore Brandon Bettinger (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) scored on an assist from senior Mike Gabor (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) to give the Hawks the 1-0 advantage.

Bradford would take control of the game however scoring three times, including a penalty kick to take a 3-1 lead into the half.

The Hawks again would display great resilience as freshman Ed Heffron (Williamsville, NY/Cardinal O’Hara) and junior Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) each scored second half goals to tie the score.

The teams played a scoreless first overtime session, but with 2:04 remaining in the second overtime, a penalty kick was awarded to Bradford for a handball in the box. Bradford would convert on the kick for the 4-3 victory.

Freshman Scott Walker (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) made 8 saves in 110 minutes of work.

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.