Zinni Earns Another Shutout

Hilbert beats D'Youville
Release Date:
September 30, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The month of September ended in nice fashion for the women’s soccer team at Hilbert College. They hosted cross town rival and new Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponent D’Youville College on Wednesday, September 30th and came away with another win, 3-0. The win improves the Hawks overall record to 5-3-2 and 2-1 in AMCC play. D’Youville drops to 2-6 and 0-3 in conference standings.

On a cool day with actually just “ok” field conditions after all the rain early in the week, both teams played cautiously worrying about footing. It took 42 minutes for Hilbert to score their first goal of the day. Freshman defender Nicole Blair (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse Minoa) rifled the ball hard from the point past D’Youville’s Sandra McKeen off an assist by fellow defender, junior Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mercy Academy).  Hilbert controlled possession most of the first half and put their foot behind the ball more often on shots at the goal than D’Youville did. Hilbert had a 9-2 advantage with shots and corner kicks (3-1) in the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half still was in Hilbert’s favor, especially in a stretch of 5 minutes from 74 to 79 minute marks, when the Hawks score two quick back to back goals. On both occasions, McKeen was scrambling to gain possession of the ball, but senior Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) and sophomore Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/Brockport) played through the potential contact and booted the ball into the corners of the goal. Midfielder Fage scored her second for the year, and forward Norman earned her eight goal allowing her to maintain her upper level in the conference standings as a goal scorer.
Keeper Mary Zinni earned her sixth shutout of the season with the 3-0 final score. For the game, Hilbert outshot D’Youville 17-8, with most of D’Youville’s shots happening in the last five minutes of play when Hilbert relaxed a bit. Zinni had to make only 2 saves for the day compared to McKeen’s 4 saves.
”We did what we needed to win today. We played hard and pressured the ball some and that resulted directly on the goals scored by Fage and Norman,” commented Coach Ruggiero. “Blair had a nice shot too.”

Up next for the women’s soccer team is a busy Saturday, October 3. On that day, they host Mount Aloysius College at 1 pm and also the program’s ‘Family Day’. Mount Aloysius is bringing a record of 0-10 overall to Hamburg.




Senior Maggie Fage is tracking the ball against D'Youville College.

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.