The William Smith field hockey team battled a pesky Nazareth squad and temperatures that approached triple digits on the AstroTurf of McCooey Field on the way to a 3-1 victory this afternoon. Three different Herons got found the back of the cage to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
William Smith dominated play, holding a 28-4 advantage in shots and an 11-3 edge in penalty corners. In the 11th minute, sophomore Amy David opened the scoring with her first career goal. The tally was set up by an alert pass from junior Annie Kietzman, who found David unmarked at the left post.
As the match entered its 34th minute, the Herons had outshot the Golden Flyers 10-0, but then Tessa Knapp finally got a shot off that slipped just inside the right post to tie the match.
On the restart, Kietzman wove her way past three defenders before the ball was checked off her stick. It found its way to sophomore Margaret McConnell, who tried to get off a shot that was blocked by a defender’s stick, only to collect the rebound and put it home for her second goal in as many games.
William Smith carried the 2-1 lead into halftime.
In the 56th minute, sophomore Taylor Cappello gave the Herons some breathing room, finishing a flurry of shots on goal for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Throughout the game, William Smith peppered first-year goalie Sophia Rhoades, but the native of Highland repeatedly stood on her head. One sequence early in the second half was indicative of her strong debut. Off a penalty corner, the Herons managed three rapid-fire shots from no more than 3 yards away from Rhoades, but she used her leg pads to block the first two and got her hand blocker on the third and best offering to thwart the home team.
Heron junior goalie Taryn Little got her second win of the year with two saves.
William Smith will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7, when the Herons host Elmira. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.