Women's Soccer Preview
- Release Date:
- August 29, 2012
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
Returning for her second season as the head coach, Kelly Starchok feels she has the ship steering in the right direction. Padding her staff with two new assistant coaches and adding eight new players to the program keeps things new and exciting. But her goal for the team is that they will play as an organized unit, that they play with purpose and for them to make the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) league play-offs at the end of October.
The Hawks return six seniors who have been strong contributors to the program through their years on campus. Captain Nicole Blair, Jessica Morey, Amber Grosch and Maria DelMonacoall are expected to anchor the defense for another season. Working in the middle will be Rebecca Elensky and Katie Newton. These six seniors have been together each of the first three years and their experience will carry the rookies through the 2012 season.
Sarah Schmidt, Amber Bailey and Robbi Bailey return for their third year in blue and white. Amber Bailey is the one junior to have played the full season in 2011. Robbi Bailey’s season was cut short when, in her fourth game last year, she tore her ACL fighting her way to the net. The forward was credited with three points (1 goal) during her very quick season. Schmidt missed four games with a broken nose. She finished with 9 points (3 goals), one more ahead of Blair who also netted 3 goals from the center back position.
Sophomores Breana Cline and Megan Van Norman battle for the ball whenever they are involved in the play. Van Norman started sixteen games last season as a striker and scored 2 goals. Cline earned an assist as a defender on the field and gave the Hawks some toughness in the back line.
Joining the team for their first year at Hilbert are: senior Crystal Errington; junior Mary Mabon; sophomores Caitlyn Tauriello, and Allyson Kelchlin; and freshmen Sara Wagner, Erin Smith, Kaitlyn Layman and Ariana Scheidt. Starchok will provide the teaching and leadership the Hawks need in order for them to reach a new level of success in the AMCC league.
Hilbert opens the season at the Potsdam Invitational Tournament, September 1 and 2, where they will play the host team in the first round. Before they return to Hamburg, the Hawks will travel to Wells and Alfred U the first week of classes. September 15 and 16, the women will host Hiram and Penn State Beaver prior to their home game against Thiel September 19. AMCC play opens with a road game to Mount Aloysius (9/22) a home contest vs. cross town rival Medaille (9/25) and away at Pitt-Greensburg (9/29). Of their last six games on the schedule in October, three are home and three are on the road. Franciscan travels to Hilbert October 6 but then the Hawks hit the pavement for three back to back to back AMCC games (Pitt-Bradford, Altoona, and D’Youville). They end their season with senior day on October 20 (La Roche) and Behrend on October 23. The AMCC play-offs begin Saturday, October 27 and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday, November 3.
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.