Four different Herons scored as the No. 6 William Smith soccer team defeated visiting No. 18 Denison University, 4-1, in the opening game of the 2010 Heron Cup at Cozzens Field.
It is the first time that the Herons (4-0-0) have started off their season with four straight wins since 2007. Senior BreLynn Nasypany finished with a goal and an assist. She now has 40 career goals which ties her for fifth place on the career goals list. Nasypany is also tied for fifth on the career assists list with 22, and she is tied for fourth in career points with 102.
Sophomore Whitney Frary scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick, which was awarded to the Herons after Denison (2-2-1) was called for a handball inside the box. It was Frary’s first goal of the season and came 10 minutes, 33 seconds into the first half. The Big Red answered in the 14th minute, when a shot from 30 yards out by senior Jen Clemmer went sailing into the top of the net to tie the game at one.
At the 18:54 mark, Nasypany sent a pass ahead to sophomore Renee Jensen who fired a shot past the Denison keeper from 16 yards out. It was Jensen’s fourth goal of the season, and put the Herons back on top 2-1.
At 48:48, the Big Red had an opportunity to tie the game for a second time, when a William Smith foul in the box set Clemmer up to take a penalty kick. Junior Amanda Davis came up with a huge save. Davis finished with six saves in goal for the Herons.
Nasypany added to the William Smith lead with a goal of her own in the 83rd minute off an assist from junior Jessie Tarantino . Nasypany now leads William Smith with five goals this year. A minute later, junior Chelsea England ripped a shot at the goal that deflected off a Big Red defender before finding the back of the net. It was England’s second goal this season.
First-year Andrea Karl played all 90 minutes in goal for Denison and recorded five saves. William Smith held a 13-11 edge in shots. The Herons earned six corner kicks, and the Big Red did not have any.
William Smith will play another non-conference game tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Farmingdale State on the second day of the Heron Cup. Denison will take on Gettysburg tomorrow at Cozzens Field at 11 a.m.