The William Smith College soccer team presented its annual team awards at the Heron Athletics Banquet on April 21. Junior midfielder Zoe Eth and senior midfielder Caitlyn Mitchell shared the Ashley M. Kent ’07 Soccer Award and junior goalie Jackie Doyle and senior forward Macenzie Peters were presented with the Aliceann Wilber Soccer Award.
Eth played in 13 games starting 11 before being sidelined by an injury this season. She posted a goal and two assists for five points. After getting hurt, Eth stepped into a dedicated leadership role, transitioning to a coaching role, spending time in Head Coach Aliceann Wilber’s office every day talking about tactics, team dynamics and technical work.
Eth has played in 57 games in her Heron soccer career, posting six goals and two assists for 14 career points.
Mithchell played in 17 games this fall. She earned an assist in an 8-0 rout of Pitt-Bradford. She also played a key role in the Heron defensive unit that allowed just nine goals all season and notched 12 shutouts.
Mitchell played in 59 career games at William Smith. She logged four goals and five assists for 13 career points. A Dean’s list student, she earned Liberty League All-Academic honors three years in a row. Mitchell helped the Herons to four straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles, posting a 30-1-0 four-year conference record and a 73-7-6 overall record. Mitchell and the Class of 2015 notched the highest winning percentage by a Heron graduating class (.884). She helped William Smith to four trips to the NCAA tournament, a trip to the 2011 national semifinals and the 2013 national championship.
Peters was also sidelined by an injury this season. However, she worked hard for the program in any way she could, often times behind the scenes. Peters eased the way for first-year Junior Varsity Head Coach Jon Poulakis. She did all she could to get him acclimated to how the program worked.
Doyle played in goal for the Heron junior varsity squad that posted a 6-2-1 overall record. She brought a can do, get it done attitude to both training and games that was infectious to her entire team.
The 2014 William Smith varsity soccer team finished the year with a 16-3-1 overall record, capturing its eighth straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles. William Smith advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament and was ranked 11th in the nation in the final NSCAA poll.