William Smith senior Taylor Cappello scored both of her team’s goals to lift the ninth-ranked Herons to a 2-1 overtime win against No. 15 SUNY Cortland at McCooey Field tonight. William Smith picked up its fifth win of the season in a battle of unbeatens that saw the Red Dragons slip to 3-1.
The Herons had the first chance in overtime when senior Julia Simmons lifted a ball toward the back post. Cappello came charging in with her stick high trying to redirect it, but the ball ended up wide of the cage. Five minutes into the extra session, William Smith earned a penalty corner. Cappello sent the insertion to the top of the circle where senior Melanie O’Connor corralled it, deked toward an open teammate, pulled the ball back across her body and unleashed a low screaming shot. Cappello raced to the front of the cage and redirected the shot for the game-winning goal.
The Herons took a 1-0 lead in the eight minute. Sophomore Cory Connolly fired a shot on frame that junior goalie Amanda Perricone kicked away. Cappello collected the carom and batted it home for the early lead. That tally stood alone through halftime.
In the 46th minute, Cortland was able to equalize via a penalty stroke. Goalie Amy Feda guessed one way and Abbey Wentlent shot the other to even the match with her first goal of the year.
Both teams were able to generate scoring chances down the stretch, but the defenses stood tall. Feda got the win with a season-high seven saves. Perricone matched her season-high, recording nine stops.
William Smith enjoyed a 14-12 advantage in shots, including both shots in overtime. Cortland had the upperhand in penalty corners 8-4.
The Herons will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21, when they host the opening round of the annual William Smith Classic. The Herons will take on Manhattanville (4-2) in the first match, starting at noon, with St. Lawrence (1-4) and Lebanon Valley (1-4) squaring off in the second game of the twinbill.