Hawks Cruise Past Wells, 4-0

women's soccer team earns first win of year
Release Date:
September 1, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College women’s soccer team opened their season with a 4-0 home victory over Wells College on Tuesday, September 1st.  Since it was the season opener for both teams, nerves were tested early. But, once the Hawks settled down, things started to go their way and instead of hitting goal posts on their shots, their balls crossed over the white line into the net. 

The Hawks held a 3-0 half time lead and finished the scoring off in the second half at the 55.59 minute mark. Hilbert’s scoring was dominated by freshman and sandwiched between upperclassmen. Sophomore Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/Brockport) began the scoring at the 27.37 minute mark with an assist from freshman Nicole Blair (Syracuse, NY/ East Syracuse Minoa); then 13 minutes later freshman Amber Grosch (Depew, NY/Depew) scored her first collegiate goal. While not to be outdone, another freshman, Heather Hottois (Caledonia, NY / Caledonia-Mumford) earned her first goal on an assist from freshman Katie Newton (Elba, NY/ Elba) just before the first half ended.. The second half was Maggie Fage’s (Delmar, NY/ Bethlehem) turn to put the ball past the Wells’ goalie at the 55 minute mark in the game. One player who wasn’t able to find the back of the net was Alyssa Hulbert (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda). She led the team in shots on goal with 8. Offensively, Hilbert won the battle of shots with a 25-12 advantage.
Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) earned her 5th career shutout, making 7 saves for the afternoon. This is two years in a row where she starts the season off with a shutout.
Coach James Ruggiero was pleased with his team’s effort. “It's great to see that much team effort in the first match. They all worked hard and we were able to get everyone into the match which also is a good sign." He continued, "I was encouraged by our ability to work the ball around today. We worked very hard in camp at that and it showed in our play."
The Hawks return to action Saturday, September 5th when they face Cazenovia College at 7 pm in the Alfred University tournament. The team will return to AU on Sunday, the 6th to play either Alfred University or Thiel College in the consolation (4 pm) or championship game (7 pm) based on outcome of their Saturday game.


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.