Junior Maialen Martinez was named the 2019 Scholar Player of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches. The first Heron to win the award, she was one of three William Smith College players named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America teams Dec. 18.
Since Cheryl Wallace became the Heron’s first Scholar All-American in 1999, William Smith has had 15 student-athletes honored. This is the first time the Herons have had three in the same season. William Smith had two in 2005, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
A defender, Martinez enjoyed an exceptional season, earning a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-America first team in addition to Scholar All-America distinction. The Herons were third in the nation in goals against average (0.287) and fifth in shutout percentage (.750). She contributed two goals and four assists on the offensive end of the field. Martinez began the season with a bang, helping shutout No. 10 Hardin-Simmons while scoring the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to beat the Cowgirls. Her list of 2019 playing accolades also includes United Soccer Coaches All-East first team, Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and All-Liberty League first team.
Martinez is majoring in art history and history. She was also named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East first team, CoSIDA Academic All-District team and the Liberty League All-Academic team. Martinez has started all 45 games over the past two seasons. She transferred to William Smith after attending Arkansas-Little Rock in 2017-18.
Also a defensive mainstay, Sauvayre completed a distinguished playing career. She and her teammates limited the opposition to just seven goals in 24 matches this season. The Heron defense logged 18 shutouts, the third highest total in the program’s 40-season history. Sauvayre also posted two goals and four assists this year, netting the game-winning goal against Rensselaer. She was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East and All-Liberty League first teams this year.
A French and Francophone studies major, Sauvayre’s was voted to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America third team and the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East first team. She is a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick. Sauvayre appeared in 67 career matches, producing five goals and five assists. She earned a spot on the 2018 D3soccer.com All-America second team.
A holding midfielder, Moore played in all 24 games, starting 20, this year. Her outstanding senior season saw her log four goals, including three game winners, and an assist. Moore’s final collegiate goal helped the Herons beat No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer 2-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. She was named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-East first team and the All-Liberty League first team.
Moore is a computer science major and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection. She was elected to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East first team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. The two-time All-Liberty League pick appeared in 80 career matches, recording 11 goals and two assists.
Ranked No. 2 in the final polls by the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com, William Smith was 21-2-1 overall and 9-0-0 in Liberty League play. For the 13th consecutive season, the Herons capture the Liberty League regular season and tournament championships, securing the program’s 30th NCAA tournament bid.
William Smith opened NCAA play with shutouts of Utica 3-0 and Mary Washington 2-0 to reach the round of 16 for the fifth straight season. The Herons rallied from a 2-0 first half deficit to beat No. 18 Stevens in the third round and earned a spot in the national semifinals with a 2-0 triumph over No. 12 Johns Hopkins. William Smith’s 17-match winning streak came to an end in the national championship game, a 1-0 setback to No. 1 Messiah.
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