Men’s Soccer Finishes at La Roche

Another close game
Release Date:
October 26, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Hilbert College men’s soccer team completed their 2009 soccer season with a road game at La Roche College on Saturday, October 24. Chalk this season up as the one-goal deficit (7th for the year) for the Hawks as they ended up battling to a 2-1 loss to the Redhawks. Hilbert finishes their season with a 1-16-1 overall record and a 1-8-1 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference score. La Roche continues in the AMCC season with an 8-8-1 overall and 6-3 conference record with one game left to play.

The first 45 minutes of the game found the teams deadlocked with a score tied 1-1. La Roche’s Reuben Jolo found net first at the 34th minute but it was a short-lived celebration for La Roche since three minutes later, Hilbert’s freshman forward Greg Zitnik (Blasdell, NY/Hamburg) found his piece of ground in front of the goal and booted home a pass from David Walkow (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) for the score. 
Hilbert’s freshman keeper, Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/Frontier) handled himself in the net braking up plays and making 3 saves. La Roche was able to unleash several more shots than Hilbert (13-3), but only 3 were on net. 
The second half found La Roche again getting more shots off (but not as many as the first half) and still, not many of them on goal. One of the 4 shots in the second 45 scooted by the Hawk’s Taylor (53rd minute) securing the victory for the home team. Zitnik was able to get off 3 shots on goal, and senior David Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) aimed 2 at goal. As a team, Hilbert was outshot 22 – 6 for the game.
This being their last game for Hilbert College men’s soccer, it must be stated that all three graduating athletes will be sorely missed. Their energy and efforts, as well as leadership, will be missed:    #2 Greg Lake; #4 David Cunningham; #14 Matt Begeal.

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.