Two members of the William Smith College soccer team were named D3soccer.com All-Americans as announced by the website this afternoon. Junior defender Maialen Martinez was named the Defender of the Year and earned a spot on the first team. Senior defender Emilie Sauvayre was named to the third team.
Martinez is the fourth Heron to be named the defender of the year by the website, the most of any team. She joins Olivia Zitoli ’14, Krista Longo ’16 and Emma Diehl ’17 as recipients of the award.
Martinez, an art history and history major, and Sauvayre, a French and Francophone studies major, were key pieces in William Smith’s strong defensive unit. The Herons finished the year ranked third in the nation in goals against average (0.29) and fifth in shutout percentage (.750). Martinez and Sauvayre helped William Smith post 18 shutouts while conceding just seven goals against the fourth most challenging schedule in Division III. The 18 shutouts were fourth most in nation and only MIT allowed fewer goals than the Herons this season. The 18 clean sheets were the third highest total in the program’s 40-season history. William Smith limited its opponents to 5.4 shots per game and 2.5 shots on goal per game.
The list of accolades continues to grow for Martinez. She was also named a first team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. In addition, the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East first team and the All-Liberty League first team. For her efforts in the classroom, she was named the Scholar Player of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches and earned first team Scholar All-American honors. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Liberty League All-Academic teams.
Martinez started all 24 games this season, finishing the year with eight points on two goals and four assists. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime of William Smith’s season opening victory over then No. 10 Hardin-Simmons. Martinez added a goal the next day against Mary Hardin-Baylor. She had a pair of assists in the NCAA tournament, setting up goals against Utica and Johns Hopkins.
Martinez has started all 45 games since transferring from Division I Arkansas-Little Rock. She has 11 career points on three goals and five assists.
Sauvayre was named a D3soccer.com All-American for the second straight year. She earned second team honors as a junior. Sauvayre also earned United Soccer Coaches All-East and All-Liberty League first team honors. She was named a second team Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches and a third team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Sauvayre played in all 24 games this season, starting 23. She finished the year with eight points on two goals and four assists. Sauvayre set up Martinez’s game-winning goal in the season opener. She scored a game-winning goal of her hown in William Smith’s 1-0 win over Rensselaer.
A two-year starter, Sauvayre played in 67 career games, compiling 15 points on five goals and five assists. Four of her goals were game winners.
The Herons finished 2019 with a 21-2-1 overall record and a 9-0-0 mark in Liberty League play. William Smith was ranked No. 2 in the final United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com polls. For the 13th consecutive season, the Herons captured the Liberty League regular season and tournament championships, securing the program’s 30th NCAA tournament bid. William Smith’s 17-match win streak came to an end in the national championship game, a 1-0 setback to No. 1 Messiah.