The No. 8 William Smith soccer team scored three goals in the second half to defeat Penn State Behrend 3-0 in an NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship first round match played on Cozzens Field on Saturday, Nov 10.
The Herons outshot the Lions 16-0 in the first half, but could not find the back of the net. William Smith also earned six corners in the opening 45 minutes. With 12:30 left in the first, sophomore Caitlyn Mitchell had one of the Herons’ closes calls. Senior Whitney Frary pushed a short pass to Mitchell at the top of the box. Mitchell lined up and fired, but her shot went just inches wide of the left post.
William Smith broke through in the 50th minute. Sophomore MaryClaire Pelletier sent in a corner kick, finding Frary in the box who drilled a shot through a crowd in front of the goal and into the back of the net. Sophomore Brenna Kincaid made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute. She carried the ball into the box. A Lion defender attempted to take it away, but Kincaid regained control and fired into the back of the net.
In the 65th the Herons extended their lead to three. Frary took a free kick for William Smith at the top of the box. She sent it into sophomore Madeline Buckley who was cutting in from the right side and sent a shot into the left side of the goal.
Penn State Behrend had its best scoring chance with just under eight minutes remaining. Valerie Wagner broke through the William Smith defense and fired a shot on goal, but junior goalie Chelsea Dunay was there to make the stop.
The Herons enjoyed a 29-2 advantage in shots and a 10-0 lead in corners. Dunay stopped the only shot she faced. Troyan Taylor finished with 12 saves in all 90 minutes for Penn State Behrend.
Cortland and William Smith battle to 0-0 double overtime tie, Red Dragons advance 5-4 on PKs
The Cortland women’s soccer team edged William Smith 5-4 on penalty kicks after battling through two overtime periods to a 0-0 tie in an NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship second round match played on Cozzens Field on Sunday, Nov 11.
The No. 8 Herons finished the season with a 14-2-4 overall record. The Red Dragons are now 12-4-6 overall and will advance to the third round where they will meet Brandeis. The Judges defeated Lasell 3-0 in their second round match played this afternoon in Amherst, Mass.
The Herons finished with a 19-7 advantage in shots. William Smith earned six corners, while Cortland recorded four. Junior goalie Chelsea Dunay finished with two saves in all 110 minutes for the Herons. Taylor Hudson stopped nine shots in goal for the Red Dragons.
In the first half, senior Whitney Frary came close to putting William Smith on the board. After a Heron throw-in, sophomore MaryClaire Pelletier sent a pass to Frary who carried the ball into the box. At first it appeared that she had faked out the Cortland goalie, but Hudson recovered in time to dive to her right to make the save.
With two minutes left in the first, Samantha Gardner blasted a shot on goal for the Red Dragons from about 25 yards out. It took a strange bounce right in front of the goal line and then went just over the crossbar, keeping the match scoreless.
The second half was very evenly played, with the Herons holding a slim 5-4 advantage in shots. Cortland came inches away from scoring in the 59th minute. This time, Dunay made a tremendous save to preserve the tie. Jessica McFadden broke through for a one-on-one with a William Smith defender. After bypassing her defender, McFadden fired a shot on goal, but Dunay laid out for the one-handed save to keep the Red Dragons off the scoreboard.
The Herons outshot Cortland 4-1 in the first overtime and then 4-0 in the second. In the first three minutes of overtime, Frary and senior Renee Jensen put shots on goal for William Smith, but Hudson stopped both attempts. In the 102nd minute, sophomore Madeline Buckley positioned herself right in front of the goal and drilled a shot that went just over the crossbar. With 1:48 left in the game, Pelletier fired from inside the box, but her shot went off the back of a Red Dragon defender. Frary was there to collect it and send a shot on goal, but Hudson dove on top of the ball, stopping the Herons from scoring once again.
Frary started off the penalty kicks for William Smith, sending home her shot. Amanda Margolis took the first kick for Cortland and made it. First-year Kathryn Busa was next for the Herons, and Hudson came up with the save. Stacey Wood made it 2-1 for the Red Dragons. Pelletier connected for William Smith. Kelly Knight fired her shot into the back of the net making it 3-2, and first-year Nicki Johnson answered with a good PK for the Herons. Jenn Fox made Cortland’s fourth attempt. Jensen drilled her kick into the back of the net to tie it up 4-4, but Rachel Parker connected on the Red Dragon’s final kick to secure Cortland’s spot in the NCAA tournament third round match.