Hawks Fall in AMCC First Round to Frostburg State

Release Date:
October 31, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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FROSTBURG, MDFor the first time since 2006, the Hilbert Women’s Soccer team made the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs. Hilbert made the playoffs in 2008 tied for the last seed, but lost on a coin toss. This year no coin toss was necessary as the Hawks captured the seventh seed for the tournament. As a lower seed, the Hawks traveled to Maryland on Saturday, October 31, where they took on the two seed, Frostburg State, for a post season match up.  The Hawks were defeated by the Bobcats by a score of 4-0. Hilbert finished the season with an overall record of 7-10-2.

“The Hawks took a different approach on Saturday, and it almost paid off” said Head Coach James Ruggiero. At the eight minute mark sophomore forward Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/ Brockport) rifled a shot on net which resulted in a “top notch save by the Bobcats goalkeeper” continued Ruggiero. Their goalie made a similar save off a corner kick shortly after that play.
“We pressed them today early and that created some turnovers” said Ruggiero. Despite the pressure the Bobcats jumped on the scoreboard first 22 minutes into the first half. Their second goal would come just 16 minutes after giving Frostburg a 2-0 lead heading into half time.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/ Batavia) made seven saves in the first half and recorded ten saves on the day after facing 27 shots throughout the game from Frostburg’s pressuring offense.
Before the game was over Frostburg would tally two more goals making the final score 4-0. “It was a great learning experience for this young team and we will be better for it” said Coach Ruggiero.

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.