HC Reaches AMCC Tourney with Win over UPB

Release Date:
October 24, 2006
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HAMBURG, NY – Amber Balseca’s (Newfane, NY/Newfane) game winning goal at 42:50 gave the Hilbert College women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday. The win also guarantees the Hawks their first ever appearance in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) post-season playoffs.

Tricia Knight (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) fed Balseca for the only goal needed and the sophomore midfielder beat a defender before bouncing a shot past Panthers keeper Rebecca Brandt.

Brandt recorded 10 saves on the afternoon but received little help from an offense that threw five shots on Hawks keeper Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls).

The Panthers end the 2006 season at 7-10 overall and 2-7 in the AMCC. The Hawks (7-6-2, 3-4-2) will know their first round opponent later this week, and will see first round AMCC tournament play on Saturday, October 28th at a site to be determined.

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.