Women’s soccer team looks to return to AMCC playoffs

Release Date:
August 28, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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2007 season preview

HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College women’s soccer coach James Ruggiero has reason to be excited for the upcoming 2007 season. After coming within a goal of reaching the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) tournament finals in 2006, the ninth-year head coach returns 12 players that led the Hawks to an 8-7-2 record a year ago.

“We welcome back a very solid senior class”, stated Ruggiero. Christina DiSano (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek), Jill Kegler (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster), and Jaclyn Seifert (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) will wear the royal and white for a final year with hopes of another post-season run. DiSano has been a three-year starter at midfield and has been one of Ruggiero’s most versatile players with 53 games under her belt. Galofaro has also been a three-year starter and has registered 21 points. Seifert recorded three shutouts as a freshman goalie before anchoring the Hawks defensive backs the last two seasons, and Kegler has proven to be a valuable reserve coming off the bench. “This senior class has been very reliable, both on and off the pitch for us”, continued Ruggiero. “All four are tremendous competitors and lead by example. They’ve been a huge part of some of our recent success”.

The junior class includes starting keeper Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) who sits second all-time in career shutouts with 10 to her credit. Her 1.55 goals against average ranked her fifth in the AMCC last fall. 2006 leading scorer Tricia Knight (Sardinia, NY/Pioneer) recorded 13 goals and two assists while ranking fifth in the AMCC in points per game (1.87). Tanya Pohzehl (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) Colleen Hanrahan (Tinton Fallas, NJ/Monmouth Regional), Anna McEvoy (Angola, NY/Immaculata), and Jennifer Wade (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy) all played significant roles last season and are expected to do so again this fall.

Sophomores Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) and Samantha Cevaer (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) were both worthwhile contributors in their rookie campaign. Fage scored the Hawks game winning goal in Hilbert’s first-round playoff victory over Medaille College and finished the season with four goals and two assists. Both players should push to be full-time starters in 2007.

Overcoming the loss of five starters from a year ago may seem like a challenge, but a seven-player recruiting class will look to fill those who’ve departed. Heading Ruggiero’s recruiting class is sophomore Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) who played on the Hawks basketball team last winter. Brianna Jerreld (Eden, NY/Eden) transfers in after previously attending Mercyhurst College and Meghan Lawless (Orchard Park, NY/West Seneca West) comes over from Erie Community College. The three newcomers join true-freshmen Shelby Seguin (Ogdensburg, NY/Lisbon), Olivia Wilhelm (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park), Stacey Cox (Holland, NY/Holland), and Emily Schilling (Holland, NY/Holland).

The Hawks open the season at home on September 1st against Franciscan University with conference play scheduled to get underway on September 22nd at Penn State Altoona.

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.