Hilbert Soccer at Behrend

Hawks can’t find net
Release Date:
October 13, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

ERIE, PA – The women’s soccer team at Hilbert College traveled to Penn State Behrend for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game on Tuesday, October 13. The 5th ranked Hawks played the 4th ranked Lions and after 90 minutes of play, the home team came out on top with a 6-0 score. Hilbert’s record moves to 6-6-2 and 3-4 in AMCC standings. Behrend improves to 8-2-3 and 4-0-1 in conference play.

Despite the goal differential, Coach James Ruggiero felt “we really defended well in the first half of the game.”   Meredith Gipson put a ball past Hilbert’s main keeper sophomore Mary Zinni from Batavia, NY around the thirty-second minute of the game, securing the half time lead (1-0). By half time, Zinni had already held onto 8 soccer balls for saves compared to Behrend’s keeper with 1 save.
The second half started with a quick goal by Heather Klimuszka at the 46th minute mark and Coach Ruggiero indicated his team never recovered after that. “This has been a tough stretch of games for us” he explained. Behrend just didn’t let up and they continued to score in the second half. Twelve minutes later, Glennis Robash scored Behrend’s next two goals within six minutes of each other. Those goals were followed up less than 2 minutes later by Klimuszka’s second goal of the day. The final scorer for Behrend was Danielle Pelensky at the 76th minute mark.
Zinni ended up with 15 saves for the game for Hilbert. Behrend outshot the Hawks 30-1 with the only shot on goal taken by freshman Nicole Blair (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse Minoa) in the first half.
This Saturday, October 17th, the Hawks host their next AMCC opponent, Penn State Altoona for a 1pm game. The game will be the last weekend double header for the soccer teams, so come out and support your seniors on a Saturday!

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.