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Hawks Lose in Hard Fought Battle

Knapp scores in second straight game
Release Date:
October 21, 2009
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HAMBURG, NY- The Hilbert Men’s soccer team fell short to AMCC foe, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, in a hard fought overtime battle. After 95 minutes of play the Panthers came out on top by a score of 2-1. The win improves their record to 2-5 in conference while Hilbert drops to 1-7-1.

Throughout the first period, play remained even and up tempo as both teams generated eight and nine shots on goal each tallying one goal before the end of the first period.
The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard first just 19 minutes into the game. The goal was scored by Zachary Carson off a rebound from a Toby Abdul-Razaq shot. Freshman forward James Knapp (Lockport, NY/ St. Mary’s of Lancaster) answered the Lion’s first goal with his second goal of the season in the 35th minute. Sophomore Ed Heffron (Williamsville, NY/ Cardinal O’Hara) {in photo to right} beat a defender and sent a ball in from the left corner in of the field in Lion territory. Knapp was able to connect with the cross and find the back of the net with his head.
The period would end in a 1-1 tie heading into half time.
In the second period of play the Hawks dominated in the offensive end creating several opportunities to go on top. Hilbert out shot Bradford 10-3 in the second period and out shot them 18-13 for the game.
Despite the persistent offensive chances in front of the net for the Hawks, the game would end in a 1-1 tie sending the game into overtime.
Just five minutes into the overtime period a Bradford throw in down the sideline allowed for Toby Abdul-Razaq to dribble past a Hawk defender and place the game winning goal past freshman goalkeeper Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier). Taylor finished with six saves on the day.
This match marks the Hawks last home game of the 2009 season. Their final 2009 season game will be played against conference opponent La Roche College on Saturday, October, 24 at 3p.m.


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.