Women’s Soccer Controls Game

Hulbert scores off free kick
Release Date:
October 21, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY- On Wednesday, October 21, Hilbert women’s soccer hosted an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game at 3 pm against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The Hawks from Hilbert controlled a good portion of the second 45 minutes, but allowed 2 goals off only 3 second half shots, and Bradford (9-6, 3-6) pulled out of town with a 2-1 victory over Hilbert (6-8-2, 3-6).

The first 45 minutes of the game statistically was even (shots by period, corner kicks, saves by period, and fouls). Neither team was able to get the better of the opposing goalie creating a 0-0 score at half time. 
 The game’s first goal was scored by Bradford’s Michelle Centola 13 minutes into the second half. She was unassisted on her kick past Hilbert’s Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia).   Less than ten minutes later, Alyssa Hulbert (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) {photo to right} scored her fourth goal of the season off a free kick from about 30 yards out, tying the score 1-1. 
From that moment on, Hilbert went on the attack and were constantly pressuring the ball and working for good shots. The effort which the Hawks displayed forced Bradford to step up their energy level, but they weren’t playing at the same speed as Hilbert. Statistically the Hawks dominated the second half in shots (11-3), and Bradford tried to match Hilbert’s efforts but they were called for 14 fouls.   Even with the 6 shots fired at Bradford’s keeper (Alisa Cornell) after their first goal, the Hawks couldn’t find the back of the net. It took one shot by Bradford’s Lindsay Sherman at the 80 minute mark to put her team up for good.
Hilbert travels to La Roche College on Saturday, October 24th for their last AMCC conference game before play-offs begin on October 31st. Hilbert has secured the last spot in the 7-team play-off pool (Franciscan is the only team not eligible for the conference tournament due to the fact that they are provisional members of the NCAA and ineligible for the automatic qualifier to national tournament should they win the AMCC championship). On Tuesday, October 27th, the Hawks will find out who and where they travel to after the last date of AMCC conference games are played. The Hawks have a bye in the conference schedule this day, but they are playing a home, non-conference game against Ursuline College out of Cleveland, OH.

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.