Hawks Lose Heartbreaker in Double Overtime

Bettinger records second goal of the season off a penalty kick
Release Date:
October 1, 2009
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HAMBURG, NY- The Hawks played Wells College in a non-conference game on Thursday afternoon. The game resulted in a heartbreaking 1-2 in a double overtime loss as the Express went on to defeat Hilbert dropping the Hawks overall record to 0-10-1 on the season. This is the third time this season the Hawks have played a double over time match; this is also the second double over time match resulting in a loss.

Wells jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 11 minutes into the opening period. Forward Blasdimil Gomez scored off a rebound from a Scott Walker (Rochester, NY/ Bishop Kearney) save.
The play stayed even throughout the remainder of the half while Hilbert held the slight advantage with 11 shots on goal.
Hilbert continued to generate shots on net making the Wells goal keeper work for every save. In the 70th minute of play Brandon Bettinger (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) was fouled inside the eighteen yard box which resulted in a penalty kick. Bettinger capitalized on the kick tying the game at 1-1 with only twenty minutes left to play. This was Bettinger’s second goal of the season.

Hilbert dominated play for much of the second half creating an opportunity for freshman forward James Knapp (Lancaster, NY/ St Mary’s of Lancaster) with just minutes remaining in the game to almost give Hilbert the game winning goal. The shot was saved by Wells goal keeper Mike Berklin sending the game into overtime.
In the first overtime each team battled back and forth. Neither team found the back of the net however forcing the game into double overtime.
In the second overtime each team had opportunities to put the game away. Wells eventually found the back of the net off a corner kick from Derek Wheeler. Wheeler sent in a cross from the corner as Alioune Sene placed the ball past Walker off a header. Walker finished the day with 11 saves.
“It was a good back and forth game," said Coach Kronenwetter. "I felt like the last 70 minutes we were the better team.  I am proud of their effort though.”
The Hawks return to action this Saturday, October 3, as the take on AMCC opponent Mt. Aloysius College, (0-8), (0-2) in the AMCC, in a men’s and women’s double header. The men take the field at 3pm following the women’s game at 1pm.


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.