Three different Herons scored as the #4 William Smith soccer team topped visiting #7 Williams 3-1 in a non-conference game played at Cozzens Field this afternoon. The Herons improve to 6-1-0, and the Ephs fall to 2-1-1.
William Smith got on the scoreboard right away when junior Kate Redmond scored the first goal in the eighth minute. Sophomore Renee Jensen sent a pass ahead that bounced off Redmond’s back. She collected it right away, and fired a shot into the left side of the goal. The shot was the 15th Redmond had taken this season, but was the first time she was able to find the back of the net.
Williams tied up the game at one in the 35th minute when sophomore Chelsea Davies scored her first goal of the season. First-year Hayley Cook passed from the left side to Davies, who sent the ball into the right side of the goal.
Sophomore Morgan Gibeault took back the lead for the Herons in the 41st minute. Gibeault carried the ball down three quarters of the field for a two-on-two situation. Senior BreLynn Nasypany was with her and drew away the Ephs defenders. Gibeault kept the ball, and fired a shot that found the back of the net to put William Smith up 2-1. It was Gibeault’s third goal this year.
Williams had a chance to tie up the game late in the first half when first-year Kristine Nakada broke away from the Heron defense and had a scoring opportunity in front of the goal, but junior Amanda Davis came out to dive on the ball before Nakada could get a shot off. Davis played all 90 minutes in goal for the Herons and made four saves.
Five minutes, 30 seconds into the second half, Nasypany beat two Ephs defenders and fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal. It was her eighth goal of the season and the 43rd of her career. She has scored eight goals in seven games, and surpassed her total of seven goals last season. Nasypany is now alone in fourth on the career goals lists, and remains fourth on the career points list with 109.
Senior Julia Schreiber played the opening half in goal for Williams and made one save. Sophomore Laura Wann came for the second half and stopped two shots. The Ephs recorded a 14-9 advantage in shots, and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Herons will return to action on Sept. 24, when they start off Liberty League play at Skidmore at 4 p.m.