Women's soccer drops season finale

Release Date:
October 24, 2007
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BRADFORD, PA – The University of Pitt-Bradford outscored Hilbert College 3-1 in the second half to complete a come from behind win Wednesday afternoon at home. Rachel Smith’s tie breaking goal at 64:53 proved to be the difference before the host Panthers settled for the 4-2 victory.

Hilbert’s Tricia Knight (Sardinia, NY/Pioneer) opened the scoring at 18:40 to give the Hawks the early lead. Michelle Centola answered for Pitt-Bradford just 2:32 later and both teams settled for a 1-1 tie at the half.

Centola scored her second goal of the game 8:40 into the second stanza to give the Panthers team a 2-1 advantage, but the lead was short-lived as the Hawks’ Jennifer Wade finished a feed from Knight at 63:07 to make it 2-2. Smith’s game-winner came just 1:46 later before the Panthers’ Jordan Ercolani added an insurance goal at 78:51 to secure the win.

Knight ends her junior campaign with a team leading 24 points and now has 52 total in her two-year career; good enough for fourth all-time in the Hilbert record book. For the fourth time in the past six seasons, the Hawks completed a season with zero yellow or red cards to their credit.

Pitt-Bradford keeper Rebecca Brandt recorded four saves to get the win between the pipes. Hilbert’s Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) turned in a solid performance with 11 saves, as the Hawks were out-shot 25-13 on the day.

The Pitt-Bradford win improves their record to 3-13-1 overall and 2-7 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The Panthers finish the season in eighth place edging out the Hawks who settle for ninth place in the standings with a 4-12-1, 1-6-2 mark.

Hilbert’s Colleen Hanrahan (Tinton Falls, NJ/Monmouth Regional), Jill Kegler (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster), Jaclyn Seifert (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island), Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek), and Cristina DiSano (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) end their careers with 24 wins to their credit.

Ninth-year head coach James Ruggiero will look forward to the return of 14 seasoned veterans when the Hawks take to the field next fall.

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.