The William Smith College soccer team opened Liberty League play with 2-0 victory over St. Lawrence today on Cozzens Field on Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Herons improve to 6-2-0 overall this year, while the Saints are now 6-3-0 this season.
William Smith capitalized on corner kicks for both of its goals. Sophomore Lauren Randaccio and senior Madeline Buckley each scored for the Herons. First-year Nicole McGlinchy played all 90 minutes in goal for the William Smith and made three saves, earning her first collegiate shutout. It was the Herons fourth straight shutout and their fifth shutout of the season.
In the 32nd minute, sophomore MacKenzie Smith sent in a corner kick for the Herons. Randaccio was able to send home her shot through a crowd in front of the goal to give William Smith a 1-0 advantage. It was Randaccio’s third goal this year. In the 66th minute, after another corner kick, junior Zoe Eth stopped a clear attempt by the Saints and pushed a pass to Buckley at the top of the box. Buckley drilled her shot into the right corner of the goal. It was her fourth goal this season. Buckley had come inches away from scoring close to 10 minutes earlier, when she banged a shot off the crossbar.
St. Lawrence’s best scoring chances came in the final minutes. The Saints earned a corner in the 88th minute, but it was quickly cleared out by the Heron defense. St. Lawrence carried the ball into their offensive zone for another chance in the final minute, but Lindsay Geier’s shot was blocked.
William Smith finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots and an 8-2 lead in corners. Kelsey West played the entire match in goal for the Saints and made three saves.
The Herons will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 3, when they host Bard for another Liberty League game on Cozzens Field at 4 p.m.