William Smith first-year Dineo Mmutla scored two goals and earned an assist to lead the top-seeded Herons to a 4-0 win over fourth-seeded St. Lawrence in a Liberty League semifinal played this afternoon on Cozzens Field. The Herons improved to 15-0-2 this season.
The Saints finished their season with an 8-6-3 mark. Nationally ranked No. 2 William Smith earned its 14th shutout this fall, and will advance to the Liberty League tournament championship game which will be played on Saturday, Nov. 5 on Cozzens Field at 1 p.m. The Herons will host No. 2 seed Skidmore who defeated RIT 2-0 in the other semifinal this afternoon.
Junior Kelsey Hill started off the scoring 19:30 in. The Herons earned a corner kick, which junior Renee Jensen sent into the left side of the box. Mmutla collected the ball and tapped it to Hill, who turned and fired for her first goal this season.
William Smith broke open the game in the second half. Mmutla logged back-to-back goals to stretch the Herons’ lead to 3-0. At the 51 minute mark, senior Chelsea England sent a crossing pass from the left side. The ball bounced off a St. Lawrence defender, but Jensen was able to settle it and push a short pass out in front to Mmutla. Mmutla sent a shot past the Saints’ keeper to put William Smith up 2-0.
Mmutla struck again in the 64th minute. This time she blasted a shot from about 22 yards out into the back of the net. Mmutla has scored five goals in the last three matches. She now leads the Herons with 20 points and eight goals.
In the 73rd minute, first-year Krista Longo scored her fourth goal this season. She collected a loose ball off a St. Lawrence goal kick, and booted a shot into the goal for the final margin.
The Saints did not put a single shot on goal in all 90 minutes. The Herons finished with a 20-4 advantage in shots. St. Lawrence’s best scoring chance came about 12 minutes into the contest. Elena Rogers broke by a William Smith defender for a one-on-one situation with senior goalie Amanda Davis, but Davis snatched the ball away before Rogers could even get a shot off.
Davis did not need to make a single save in 85:34. Davis now ranks third on the William Smith record book with 56 career wins. Sophomore Chelsea Dunay came in to play the final 4:26. Abby van Geldern stopped four shots in all 90 minutes for St. Lawrence. The Herons held a 10-2 lead in corner kicks.