The 12th-ranked William Smith College soccer team defeated Union 1-0 this afternoon on Cozzens Field, in the final regular season Liberty League match for both teams. The Herons improve to 10-3-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the conference, while the Dutchwomen fall to 10-6-0 on the year and 4-3-0 in the Liberty League.
The win, coupled with Skidmore’s 1-0 loss at Hamilton today, gives William Smith the top seed in the Liberty League Tournament. The tournament will be played Wed., Nov. 4, and Sat., Nov. 7.
William Smith scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute. Junior BreLynn Nasypany sent a lead pass to first-year Renee Jensen for a one-on-one shot at Union goalie Abby Stohler. Stohler came out to challenge, but Jensen beat her to the ball and touched it into the goal from about 8 yards out. The goal marked Jensen’s fifth of the season.
The Dutchwomen’s best chance to score came with just over 15 minutes remaining in regulation, after a corner kick from Rachel Schneidman. Sophomore Heron goalie Amanda Davis made the initial stop on the kick, but couldn’t control. A scramble in front of the net ensued, but no one was able to get a shot off for Union and the William Smith defense eventually cleared the ball out of harm’s way.
The Herons held a 12-8 edge in shots, and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Davis recorded four saves in her ninth shutout of the season, while Stohler finished with nine stops for Union.
William Smith will wrap up its regular season schedule on Oct. 31, when the Herons host RIT for a non-league contest at 2 p.m.