The No. 3 William Smith College soccer team scored twice in a 29-second span late in the second half to break a scoreless tie and defeat Nazareth, 2-0, in a non-conference match this afternoon in Rochester, N.Y.
The victory was the 14th straight for the Herons. It’s the longest win streak for William Smith since the Herons carried a 17-match win streak into the NCAA national semifinals in 2011. The Herons improve to 14-1-0 overall. Nazareth dropped to 10-5-2 overall. The Herons are 19-3-3 all-time against Nazareth and have a 16-game unbeaten streak (13-0-3) against the Golden Flyers that goes back to the 1999 season.
The Herons dominated the action by generating 15 shots to Nazareth’s one. William Smith also had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.
A pair of first-year players connected for the first goal as Kara Shue sent a cross into the penalty area that MacKenzie Smith redirected off the outstretched finger tips of Nazareth keeper Abbie Carey in the 76th minute. It was Smith’s first collegiate goal. Just 29 seconds later, first-year Evie Manning scored an unassisted goal for the Herons as she dribbled through the Nazareth defense and sent a shot into the back of the net.
The Golden Flyers’ lone shot came off the foot of junior Tori Ryan in the second half. William Smith senior goalie Chelsea Dunay handled the attempt easily and was able to produce her 10th shutout of the season. It was William Smith’s seventh straight shutout and 12th overall this season. Carey finished with six saves for the Golden Flyers.
The Herons will play the final match of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they travel to RIT for a Liberty League contest at 1 p.m.