Soccer Travels to Maryland

Conference set back at Frostburg State
Release Date:
October 12, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

FROSTBURG, MD - Traveling the day of the game didn’t sit well with Hilbert women’s soccer team when they played at Frostburg State University on Saturday, October 10 with a late afternoon game. Frostburg scored early and often within the first ten minutes of the game. The Bobcats finished the game with a 5-0 margin of victory dropping the Hawks to 3-3 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) standings and 6-5-2 overall. FSU improves to 10-2 and 4-1, creating a three-way-tie for first place in conference rankings. Hilbert drops to a three-way-tie for fifth place.

Frostburg scored their first goal with 33 seconds off the game clock. AMCC league leading scorer Lauren Russell earned her first of two goals for the game against Hilbert goalie Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia),  and almost 3 minutes later, at the 3:23 minute mark, Cassie Donahue booted one in. The scoring in the first half ended at 8:25 when Kierstin Stevenson scored unassisted.  
Hilbert had no answers to the early scoring but to press on and attack on offense in the second half. With that strategy, the Bobcats scored two more times in the game. Thirteen minutes into the second forty-five, Russell scored her second of the day off an assist by Lauren Lentine, allowing her to maintain her lofty standing in AMCC scoring category. FSU’s Christine Fitzgerald put a final shot past Ziinni in the 74th minute securing the lopsided victory. 
Hilbert was outshot for the game 28-2 with Katie Norman (Elba, NY/Elba) and Kayla Norman (Brockport, NY/Brockport) getting the two shots off for the Hawks. Zinni had 8 saves for the Hawks.
Coach James Ruggiero indicated that “the late markers came about mostly as we were pushing forward and they got in behind us. Giving up those 3 goals in the 1st eight minutes were just too much to overcome.” 
The Hawks next opponent is Penn State Behrend on Tuesday, October 13 in Erie, PA. Behrend sits alone in 4th place with a conference record of 3-0-1. Behrend’s tie came at the hands of Penn State Altoona when both teams played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

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.