Women's Soccer Season Recap
- Release Date:
- November 8, 2011
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
The women’s soccer team made a seamless transition to Kelly Starchok-Gillow, the first-year head coach who brought a new attitude and approach to the program. Hilbert matched their win record from the 2010 season seven games into the 2011 season and their 7-10 finish bettered the previous year by three victories.
The Hawks opened their 2011 season with a weekend trip to Hiram College and the University of Mount Union. After they returned home from Ohio, Hilbert went on a three-game tear beating Wells, Penn State Beaver and Alfred University. The Blue and White then traveled to northern New York for a single game against Clarkson University. They, again, went on another three-game victory tour with games at Chatham and Thiel and their first home Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) league game against Pitt-Greensburg. Once October hit, the Hawks split AMCC games the rest of the way scoring wins over Mount Aloysius and D’Youville and losses to Pitt-Bradford, La Roche, Behrend, Altoona and Medaille.
The women’s soccer team takes a big hit and losses six seniors to graduation in 2012. Julie Bossard, Alyssa Hulbert, Jill Martucci, Kayla Norman, Jessie Roland-Bystrak and Mary Zinni all provided the stable foundation to the new era of the women’s soccer program. In 2011, Bossard started 16 of the 17 games but her minutes were shortened as the season progressed due to a nagging knee injury. Hulbert once again led the team in goals, points and shots as she moved into 1st place in career shots, 3rd place in goals and assists, and 4th place in points. Norman also made a dent in the career record book by finishing in 4th place in shots, 6th place in goals, 7th place in points and 9th place in assists.
Zinni dabbled as a field player her freshman year but then started in goal every game after since the start of her sophomore year. She finished her four seasons in a tie for 1st place in career shut-outs in net for the Hawks. Roland-Bystrak was more aggressive in her third and final season in 2011. She fired the most shots on frame than her two previous years, yet experienced rewards her freshman year when she beat the opposing team’s keeper for her 1st collegiate goal. Playing her first year of college soccer, Martucci started two games and earned 5 points (1g/3a). She gave the team some punch and push on the front line.
Offensive leaders were Hulbert earning 26 points (11g/4a) and Norman with 17 points (7g/3a). Hulbert scored her only hat-trick this season against PS Beaver, and, shortly after, was named the AMCC Offensive Player of the Week September 26. Sophomore Sarah Schmidt, an aggressive player who missed four games because of a broken nose, scored 3 goals (9 points) in a shortened season. Another sophomore, who unfortunately experienced a season-ending knee injury, was Robbi Bailey. The speedy forward earned 3 points in the four games she played in the beginning of the year.
Providing quality support, without securing any points on the offensive line were Amber Bailey, Breana Cline and Maria DelMonaco. These three players saw significant field time and pressured on offense looking for scoring opportunities for their team mates.
The Hawks rotated players around the field based on their needs against that day’s opponent. Providing a defensive/offensive punch were four defenders who all found the back of the opposing team’s net. Nicole Blair was the fourth leading scoring on the team netting 3 goals (8 points) and right behind her were Rebecca Elensky, Amber Grosch, Katie Newton and Megan VanNorman with one goal each.
Other players whose contributions did not show in the stat sheet were defenders Kateland Ball, Jessica Morey and Nicole Estep. They served as the protector to Zinni in net and helped secure the team’s four shutouts this season. Zinni made 103 saves (.741) in her final season in net for the Hawks.
Coach Starchok-Gillow is excited about the future of the program. Although she loses core players to graduation, she is confident that her first recruiting class for the 2012 season will raise the bar for the program; she envisions the Hawks becoming a serious contender in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
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.