The William Smith College soccer team is ranked No. 3 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll as well as in the D3soccer.com poll. The Herons finished out the regular season with a 15-1-0 overall record and a perfect 8-0-0 mark in the Liberty League.
Following yesterday’s Liberty League tournament semifinal win over Vassar, William Smith is riding a 16-match win streak and has posted nine straight shutouts. The Herons have notched a total of 14 clean sheets this season. William Smith ranks third in the nation in shutout percentage and fifth in win percentage The Herons are eighth in Division III in goals against average and 13th in save percentage.
Senior goalie Chelsea Dunay ranks 10th in the nation in goals against average and 20th with in save percentage. First-year Kara Shue sits atop the Liberty League with nine assists. She has also produced five goals for 19 points. . Junior Madeline Buckley leads William Smith ranks third in the Liberty League with eight goals. She has also recorded five assists to lead the Herons with 21 points.
The Herons’ 3-0 win over Vassar on Wednesday secured a spot in the Liberty League tournament championship match. The Liberty League tournament championship will be played on Cozzens field, the home of the top-seeded Herons, for the seventh year in a row. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. William Smith (16-1-0) will take on No. 3 RIT who upset No. 2 seeded Skidmore 1-0 in the other semifinal match yesterday.
During yesterday’s game, the Herons controlled the momentum of the match, out-shooting Vassar 30-5. William Smith limited the Brewers to just two shots in the first half. However, Vassar’s best scoring chance of the game came on its very first shot. After a Brewer corner in the 11th minute, Lucy Brainerd blasted a shot on goal just inside the right post, but William Smith senior goalie Chelsea Dunay stepped up to make the big save.
The Herons finally broke through in the 38th minute. First-year Emma Diehl took a corner kick for William Smith and found junior Madeline Buckley who placed a shot into the back of the net from about 18 yards out. Buckley leads the Herons with eight goals this season.
With 2:01 before the break, first-year Shay Callahan put William Smith up 2-0. First-year MacKenzie Smith pushed a long pass up the field, and an on-rushing Callahan was able to get to the ball, breaking through the Brewer back line for a one-on-one with keeper, Stephanie Tapolsky. Callahan fired her shot into the back of the net for her second goal this season.
In the 59th minute, Buckley tapped a short pass to junior Krista Longo, who drilled a hard shot from just inside the right side of the box into the far left corner of the goal. It was Longo’s sixth goal this season.
Dunay played all 90 minutes in goal and stopped all three shots she faced to earn her 12th shutout this year. Tapolsky finished with nine saves in goal for Vassar. The Herons finished with a 10-2 advantage in corners.