Bears Defeat Hawks

Women’s soccer completes northern swing
Release Date:
September 14, 2009
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POTSDAM, NY – The Hilbert women’s soccer team finished their 2-game road trip with a game Sunday afternoon at Potsdam University. The Bears won the defensive battle 3-0, but the play of the game was closer than the score indicates.  Hilbert drops to 3-2 at the start of the young season and Potsdam stands at 4-0.

The first strike of the game was made at the 7 minute mark when Potsdam’s Courtney Poirier scored on Hilbert’s goalie, Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia). Play was even for the next 58 minutes until Liz Bazzano scored the second goal of the game. 
Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) “had a chance at goal after the 66 minute mark which might have changed the match more in our favor,” explained coach James Ruggiero. "This was a great experience for us to play back to back matches against two quality opponents – this was just what we needed.” Coach Ruggiero felt, “we were much more prepared and, while Potsdam held the statistical advantage, the play was much more even.” The last goal was at the 74 minute mark by Heather Johnson.
Hilbert’s offense was lead by Fage who had 2 shots, 1 on goal. Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) and Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) also contributed with one shot each. Potsdam held the advantage on shots (15-4) and corner kicks (13-1). Zinni had 6 saves for the game.
The Hawks return to action at home on Saturday, September 19th when they open up the AMCC league-play with a 1 pm start against University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. This begins the double header AMCC game format with the men’s game immediately after the conclusion of the women’s 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.