The No. 3 William Smith soccer team earned its 15th straight victory, shutting out No. 24 RIT 2-0 in a Liberty League game played this afternoon at a rainy Tiger Stadium. The Herons (15-1-0 overall) completed their Liberty League slate with a perfect 8-0-0 record.
Shots were 21-3 in favor of William Smith, which secured its 13th shutout this season. The Herons took six corner kicks to one for the Tigers (11-3-3, 5-2-1 Liberty) who suffered their first loss in four games.
Senior Chelsea Dunay got the win in net for William Smith making three saves. It’s her 11th shutout this year. Amanda Murray took the loss for RIT, making 10 saves.
William Smith had the first good scoring chance in the seventh minute when first-year Leah Connerty’s header went just wide of the post.
With 1:27 to play in the first half, the Herons had a great chance to take a lead when junior Krista Longo fired a shot off a scramble in front of the RIT goal. However midfielder Elizabeth May was on the line and saved the ball to keep the game scoreless at the half.
William Smith got on the board in the 70th minute when Longo scored off an assist from first-year MacKenzie Smith. Smith fired a shot that Murray saved off the cross bar. But the rebound came to Longo and she buried a shot into the net for her fifth of the season to give the Herons a 1-0 lead.
First-year Evie Manning put William Smith up 2-0 on her goal in the 77th minute. It looked as if Murray had a loose ball all covered up inside the RIT penalty box, but Manning somehow wrestled the ball away from Murray and scored into the open net.
RIT had a couple good shots down the stretch, but the Heron defense made the stops and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard.
The Herons are the top seed in the Liberty League tournament. William Smith will host No. 4 seed Vassar on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on Cozzens Field. The No. 3 seeded Tigers will face No. 2 Skidmore on Wednesday in the other semifinal in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.