The William Smith College field hockey team earned its first road win of the season to remain undefeated, besting SUNY Oneonta 3-2 this afternoon. The 10th-ranked Herons got goals from three different players to run their record to 4-0.
William Smith carried the play early in the match, putting the first goal of the match on the board in the 13th minute. Senior Melanie O’Connor briefly took the team scoring lead, finishing a scramble in front of the Red Dragons’ cage for her fourth goal of the year. In the 20th minute, senior Julia Simmons buried a feed from sophomore Cory Connolly to record her fourth goal of the season and give the Herons a 2-0 lead.
Oneonta halved its deficit before halftime when Kelcy Forbragd banked a shot in off the goal post.
Through 35 minutes, William Smith owned an 11-3 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
The Herons got some breathing room in the 48th minute when senior Amy David registered her first goal of the season. The insurance goal proved necessary when Ashley Morgan set up Sierra Earle on a penalty corner in the 63rd minute. The Red Dragons (4-2) were unable to generate another shot in the final seven minutes.
William Smith finished the match, outshooting Oneonta 16-6 and enjoying a 12-8 advantage on penalty corners. First-year goalie Amy Feda picked up the win with two saves. Oneonta’s Tess Tracy finished a busy day with 10 saves.
William Smith will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 17, when the Herons host No. 18 Cortland. The match is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on McCooey Field.