The ninth-ranked William Smith College soccer team defeated Union College 2-0 this afternoon on Cozzens Field, in the first round of the Liberty League Tournament. The Herons improve to 12-3-2 overall, and earn a spot in the championship match, while the Dutchwomen fall to 11-7-0 on the year.
As the top seed, William Smith will host the Liberty League Tournament championship game on Nov. 7. The Herons will have to wait until later today to find out who their opponent will be; the other first round match began at 4 p.m. between No. 2 Skidmore and No. 3 Hamilton.
William Smith took charge of the match with two goals in the first half. The first came just one minute, 27 seconds into the game. Junior BreLynn Nasypany sent a cross to first-year Whitney Frary for a shot from 20 yards out. Frary’s shot lofted over Union goalkeeper Abby Stohler’s head, hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the goal line. The tally marked Frary’s fourth of the season.
The Herons increased their lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute. This time, Nasypany crossed the ball to sophomore Kate Redmond for the score. Redmond’s shot from 7 yards out found the left corner of the net. The goal was Redmond’s fourth of the year, while Nasypany chalked up her Liberty League-leading eighth assist.
William Smith dominated play in the first half, outshooting Union 9-3, but the Dutchwomen came out firing in the second stanza. They posted a 9-5 advantage in shots after the intermission. Both teams took seven corner kicks.
Union’s Bianca Germain had a good look at the goal in the 66th minute. She ripped a shot that Heron sophomore goalie Amanda Davis got just enough of to redirect into the crossbar, but Germain’s shot was not as lucky as Frary’s and bounced up over the goal.
Davis collected seven saves, including six in the first 20 minutes of the second half, to record her 11th shutout of the season. Stohler finished with six saves for the Dutchwomen.