Soccer Finishes Conference Schedule on a Positive

First ever victory over La Roche
Release Date:
October 26, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA - Hilbert’s women’s soccer team completed their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) schedule on a strong note on October 24 with a road victory over La Roche College, 2-1. Since Hilbert joined the AMCC in 2004, La Roche has always found a way to win the battle of the grass until this most recent meeting. Coach James Ruggiero said “These players played their hearts out. Our defense played very strong and our offensive players made the most of what they had.” He continued, “It was quite frankly a nice win.”


In the first half of Hilbert’s final away game against their final conference opponent of the 2009 season, sophomore forward Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/Brockport) connected on a pass from junior defenseman Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt Mercy) in the 24th minute of play giving Hilbert at 1-0 edge. Eight minutes later La Roche answered with a goal of their own scored by Bethanie Moreschi tying the score at one goal a piece. The game would remain 1-1 heading into half time.
Not long into the second period of play, Norman tallied her second goal of the game this time off an assist from sophomore midfielder Alyssa Hulbert (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East). Norman’s goal in the 59th minute of play would be the game winning goal defeating rival La Roche by a score of 2-1. Norman’s two goal performance gives her 11 goals and 25 points for the 2009 season. Hulbert’s assist marks her sixth of the season while Sisson’s assist marks her second. 
Hilbert only registered six shots on goal the entire game, but capitalized on two of the shots shots. La Roche outshot the Hawks 15-6 for the game tallying only one score en route to their loss.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) played solid between the pipes recording nine saves in the conference win.
Up next for the Hawks is their last game of the season on Tuesday, October 27th against Ursuline College (8-6-2) from Cleveland, OH. 
Post season play will begin on Saturday, October, 31 at 4:30 p.m. as the Hawks will travel to Maryland to take on Frostburg State for the first round of  the AMCC play offs. The Hawks faced Frostburg earlier in the season which resulted in a 5-0 decision in favor of the Bobcats.


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.