Women's Soccer Preview

Release Date:
September 6, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The 2011 women’s soccer players, under the direction of new head coach Kelly Starchok-Gillow and assistant coaches Jenna Ferrando and Christa Windhorst, are excited to begin a new era of Hilbert soccer. They have a guiding motto, a training principle, which they must live up to each and every day. “What ever it takes” is said with pride and excitement.

The Hawks have a good blend of talented athletes in every class but hope that the graduating seniors will leave their mark on the program. The squad will be led by  tri-captains: senior Alyssa Hulbert, junior Nicole Blair and sophomore Sarah Schmidt. Hulbert will lead the team with her knowledge and passion for the game. Her technical ability is top-notch and this will make her very dangerous on the ball. The Hawks need her to continue to put the ball in the back of the net as she has done in previous years most recently being named as a 2010 1st Team AMCC All-Conference player. Hulbert earned 25 of the 40 team points earned in 2010. Blair is an integral part of the team’s defensive back line. She leads with her composure on and off the field and her dedication and commitment to succeed is undeniable. Schmidt is the player that leads by example. Her work ethic in the midfield is contagious and she gets her team mates to play around her. Schmidt’s skill on the ball will help assist in the team moving forward in the attack.

The remaining seniors who coach Starchok-Gillow expects good things from are Julie Bossard, Kayla Norman, Jessie Roland-Bystrak, and Mary Zinni. Bossard will continue to use her experience and determination in the midfield; Norman is the team’s utility player as she uses her quickness and foot-skills everywhere on the field; Roland-Bystrak returns up front as a hard-working attacker; and Zinni returns as a 4-year starter in goal. She is a focused worker, who uses her athleticism between the pipes to her advantage. Joining the team this year as a first-year soccer player is senior Jill Martucci who will rely on soccer skills from four seasons ago as a senior at Hamburg high school.

The Hawks expect that sophomore Robbi Bailey will lead the front-line charge along with Martucci and Roland-Bystrack. Bailey is the team’s fastest and smoothest player working at full speed who coach Starchok-Gillow will game plan to get behind the defenders and go to goal.

Roaming the midfield with Bossard will be junior Rebecca Elensky, and sophomore Amber Bailey. They will support the front line and help defend along with juniors Katie Newton, and Amber Grosch, Jessica Morey, Maria DelMonaco and sophomore Nicole Estep.

The new comers to the program are Kateland Ball, Brana Cline and Megan VanNorman. All three rookies bring speed and aggressiveness and will add depth and support to this year’s team.

The Hawks open their season with back to back road games in Ohio when they face Hiram and Mount Union opening weekend. They return for their home-opener with the men’s team against Wells on September 7. September 13 they host their only other non-conference game against Alfred. Road non-conference games for the Hawks will be at Penn State Beaver (9/11), Clarkson (9/18), Chatham (9/20) and Thiel (9/22) before AMCC league play begins. Greensburg, Bradford, Mount Aloysius, D’Youville and Penn State Altoona all travel to Hamburg for their AMCC game. Hilbert must bus to Franciscan, La Roche and Penn State Behrend before they end their league play at Medaille College in North Buffalo at the All-High Stadium on Main Street.

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.