The ninth-ranked William Smith College soccer team defeated fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins 1-0 on Cozzens Field today in the first match of the Heron Cup. The Herons improve to 2-2-0 on the season, while the Blue Jays drop to 2-2-0.
The lone score of the game came early in the first half. Fourteen minutes, 46 seconds into the action, William Smith first-year forward Renee Jensen crossed the ball to senior forward Katelyn Tyson on the left side of the goal. Tyson’s foot connected with the ball in the air, volleying it past Johns Hopkins goalie Karen Guszkowski and into the net.
The Blue Jays nearly tied the game in the 70th minute. Erica Suter lofted a long shot over the head of sophomore Heron goalkeeper Amanda Davis that just missed, hitting the crossbar.
William Smith kept the pressure on the whole game. The hosts held a 17-8 advantage in shots, and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
Davis collected four saves in net for the Herons, while Guszkowski finished with eight stops.
The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, Sept. 13, when they take on Centenary College at 2 p.m., in the final match of the Heron Cup.