Hilbert Women Lose at Clarkson

Held scoreless in first loss of season
Release Date:
September 12, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

POTSDAM, NY – The Hilbert women's soccer team took to the road again this past weekend when they traveled to the north country of New York and played at Clarkson University on Saturday. The Knights overwhelmed the Hawks and finished the game with a 3-0 victory. Hilbert’s overall record stands at 3-1.

Clarkson University (2-1 overall) came out fast from the opening kick and they didn’t stop shooting until the final horn. Goalie Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) finished the game with 16 saves – 9 in the first half. There was no scoring in the first half by either team even though Clarkson outshot the Hilbert 17-1. All the pressure applied in the first 45 minutes by Clarkson paid off in the second half when Megan Bicknell, Courtney Green and Ellen Heenan found the net on Hilbert’s only goalie for the game.   For the game, Clarkson outshot the Hawks 34-2 and Hilbert’s two shots were from freshman Katie Newton (Elba, NY/Elba).
Coach James Ruggiero’s observation on the game was one of respect for his opponent. “Clarkson is very organized and they just didn’t allow us any room to get started. We gave up two soft goals, and then just started to run around. We definitely will use this experience to help prepare us for our Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponents.”
Hilbert finishes up the road trip this weekend with a 1 pm game at Potsdam on Sunday, September 13.   They return to action at home on Saturday, September 19th when they open up the AMCC league-play with a 1 pm start against University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

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.