No. 16 William Smith soccer team secured a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Union in a hard fought Liberty League contest at the Dutchwomen’s College Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Herons improve to 12-2-1 overall and 7-1-0 in the Liberty League, while Union falls to 13-2-0 and 5-2-0 in conference play.
William Smith has now finished its Liberty League schedule. The Herons currently sit in first place, three points ahead of Rensselaer. The Engineers (10-5-0, 6-1) will take on Skidmore on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. to complete their Liberty League schedule.
The visiting Herons broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half as a William Smith substitution quickly made an impact in the contest. Just two minutes after entering the game in the second half, first-year Alexis Koral took a cross from classmate Emma Bracken and beat Union goalkeeper, Kayla Marti, with a low shot at 69:28 to give the Herons a 1-0 lead. It was Koral’s second goal this season.
Union’s best chance for an equalizing goal came when Jennifer Mansfield cut into the box behind the defense from the right wing, but her long shot was stopped by William Smith goalkeeper junior Chelsea Dunay in the 82nd minute. Dunay finished with three saves in all 90 minutes for the Herons.
William Smith outshot Union 13-9 in the contest. Union earned two corner kicks, while the Herons only registered one.
In the 33rd minute, William Smith senior Whitney Frary fired a shot from long range that Marti deflected wide of the net, giving the Herons a corner kick which they could not convert. Marti finished with seven saves for the Dutchwomen.
Union had its best chance of the first half in the closing minutes of the frame, as Jennifer Mansfield fired a shot towards the upper right corner of the net from 18 yards from inside the box, but Dunay was there to make a leaping save in the 44th minute
With the game still scoreless, Frary had another chance for William Smith early in the second half in the 55th minute, cutting into the box from the sideline, but her wide angle shot was stopped by Marti.
The Herons will play their final regular season match on Tuesday, Oct. 23 when they host Nazareth for a non-league game at 7:00 p.m. on Boswell Field.