In addition to hosting the 2016 William Smith Invitational this weekend, the Heron soccer team will introduce their competitors — Puget Sound, Oneonta and Denison — to Seneca Falls, the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 and hold a dinner banquet.
“We’ve worked hard to put together a weekend, where besides fantastic competition, the visiting teams will have the opportunity to gain a sense of who we are at William Smith College and of the location in which we reside,” said Head Coach Aliceann Wilber. “We have created a tournament theme, ‘We Can, We Will.’ The development of confident, strong and empowered women is fundamental to the mission of William Smith College and fits within our theme.”
During the weekend, the visiting teams will tour the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. To continue the theme of women leading the way and being role models, girls’ youth soccer teams will accompany each team during the pregame introductions. In addition, the Heron junior varsity team will lead two soccer clinics.
At the banquet dinner, Vice President of BonaDent Dental Laboratories Daniele Bonafiglia Wirth will serve as keynote speaker.
“Daniele is a fantastic embodiment of ‘We Can, We Will.’ She’s a mother, an athlete and a professional who rose through the ranks in a very successful company proving her competencies every step of the way,” said Wilber. “She has actively committed herself to work with girls in youth sports in her home community of Seneca Falls, thus paying forward hard-earned privileges won by women before her.”
Athletes from each team will also speak about their programs and goals for the year ahead.
The Herons are ranked No. 4 in the nation in the NSCAA’s preseason poll. The weekend game schedule is as follows:
On Saturday, William Smith vs. Puget Sound at 11 a.m.; and Denison vs. Oneonta 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Oneonta vs. Puget Sound at 11 a.m.; and William Smith vs. Denison at 2 p.m.