Defense Can’t Hold Off Behrend

Men’s soccer falls in AMCC clash
Release Date:
October 13, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

ERIE, PA – Penn State Behrend hosted Hilbert College men’s soccer on Tuesday, October 13 for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) match. And try as they might, the Hawks from Hamburg just couldn’t muster enough offense to keep up with the Lions from Erie. Behrend secured the victory in the second half of the game scoring three goals turning a 1-0 lead at half time to a 4-0 triumph. Hilbert’s record stands at 1-13-1 and 1-5-1 AMCC. Behrend moves to 9-3-1 and 4-1 in conference which secures them a third place rank.

Sophomore forward Eric Russell (Marilla, NY/Iroquois), and junior midfielder Justin Pietrowski (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) were able to fire a shot off at Behrend’s goalie Dustin Walker. Those two shots were his only saves for the full 90 minutes in net for him. Freshman forward Ed Minkel (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) booted one towards goal, but it wasn’t a threat to score.
The first half of the game found Behrend holding a big differential in shots (13-2) and corner kicks (8-1), but only a 1-0 lead (goal by Lance Sabol). Hilbert freshman keeper, Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier) kept the Hawks in the game with 6 saves in that time frame. The second 45 minute period was evenly played until the 63rd minute when Brian Bodnar scored unassisted. Then less than 9 minutes later (which was quickly followed up less than 6 minutes after that), Ryan Banks scored 2 goals finishing the scoring for the day.
Coach Tim Kronenwetter continues to search for scoring punch from his team.  “We work so hard on the defensive end of the field that we don’t create opportunities on offense. Sometimes it is a fine line between a well played ball and an off-sides call for referee interpretation and we got 2 against us in PSB. We just have to play through it and find a way to put the ball into net at the other end of the field.”
On October 17th, the men’s soccer team will be playing their last home weekend game at 3 pm against Penn State Altoona who is currently alone in 4th place in AMCC play.   Come out and cheer on the boys!

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.