The William Smith College soccer team captured its 12th consecutive Liberty League Tournament title with a 1-0 win over Rochester Institute of Technology on Boswell Field at David J Uick Stadium this afternoon. With the win, the Herons are now 14-3-0 overall.
William Smith earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The entire NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship field will be announced with a selection show on NCAA.com on Monday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m.
The teams were scoreless after the opening 45 minutes with the Herons earning a 6-3 edge in shots. The Herons had the game’s first major scoring opportunity in the 39th minute when sophomore Merilyn Hinrichsfired a shot from the right wing that just missed the right goal post. RIT (11-5-3) answered with a scoring chance of its own in the 44th minute. Rachel Strader’s shot from 30 yards out went wide right. The best scoring opportunities of the first half came in the closing seconds. Sophomore Amanda Adams and first-year Janne Knieke had shots from eight yards out smothered by Alyssa Salls.
William Smith broke through in the 62nd minute when Julia Keogh collected her sixth goal of the season. Senior Megan Barwick was credited with an assist on the goal. Barwick dribbled the ball down the right wing and crossed the ball into the box. Keogh one-timed the centering pass into the center of the cage over a diving Salls.
Following the game, Barwick was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She had a pair of goals in the Herons 3-0 win over St. Lawrence in the semifinal to go along with the assist on today’s game-winning goal.
After the goal, William Smith continued to apply the pressure in the offensive half but did not find the back of the net again. In the 66th minute, Barwick had a shot blocked by a Tiger defender. Fellow senior Sarah Olick-Sutphen collected the rebound at the top of the box but had her shot stopped by Salls. In the 71st minute, junior Emilie Sauvayre had a header attempt from inside the six-yard box miss just over the crossbar.
Senior Veronica Romines made two saves in 90 minutes in goal for William Smith as the Herons collected their 13th shutout of the season. Salls made six stops in goal for RIT.
William Smith finished the game with a 14-6 edge in shots and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.