The 13th-ranked William Smith College soccer team cruised to a 6-2 win over Stevens Institute of Technology this afternoon in its second match of the 2013 TCNJ Classic in Ewing, N.J. The Herons improved to 1-1, and the Ducks are now 0-2.
First-year Kara Shue led the William Smith effort with two goals and two assists. Junior Krista Longo and first-year Maddie Devereaux notched a goal and an assist. Senior Chelsea Dunay played all 90 minutes in goal and logged one save.
Junior MaryClaire Pelletier started off the scoring just 3:25 into the game. She tallied her second goal of the season on a one-timer off a pass from Shue.
Stevens responded with a goal in the 11th minute to knot the score at one. Mariah Cleveland banged a shot off the crossbar, and Anne Heine was there to collect the ball and knock it into the net. Just under two minutes later, Raba Nassif put a left-footed shot into the goal after a pass inside the box from Bridgette Barden to make it 2-1.
William Smith then rattled off five straight goals to secure the victory. With less than a minute left in the first half, senior Kim Knefel scored the first goal of her Heron career. Knefel connected on a rebound after a shot by first-year Sarah Freer. Just 3:40 into the second half, junior Madeline Buckley sent a long pass from the midfield to Longo, who placed a shot just under the crossbar to make it 3-2.
Shue sent home a rebound for her first collegiate goal in the 56th minute. Longo earned the assist. Devereaux registered her first goal as a Heron off a pass from Shue in the 86th minute to make it 5-2. Shue scored again with 2:59 remaining after a pass from Devereaux for the final margin.
The Herons held a 23-9 advantage in shots and an 11-2 lead in corners. Evelyn Ting played all 90 minutes in goal for Stevens and made seven saves.
William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when it hosts top-ranked Messiah College at noon.