The No. 2 William Smith College soccer team was edged by No. 1 Messiah 1-0 in the national championship game at UNCG Soccer Stadium this afternoon.
The Herons, who were making their fifth appearance in the national championship game, finished the season with a 21-2-1 overall record. William Smith’s 21 wins are second most in a season and its 18 shutouts are third most.
William Smith controlled the pace of play in the first half, outshooting, the Falcons 5-3. Junior Sheila McQuillen had the game’s first scoring chance in the sixth minute. She collected a crossing pass and one-timed it on cage, but Lydia Ewing was there to make the save. Junior Amanda Adams had a chance in the 30th minute but fired a shot from inside the box just over the crossbar.
Congrats on a great season by @HeronSoccer and @HWSAthletics. It's always awesome to see anyone affiliated with @LLAthletics playing for it all. Everyone knows #HeronPride will be back. #d3soccer #d3soc
— ClarksonAthletics (@ClarksonUSports) December 7, 2019
Whilst no doubt all @HeronSoccer are disappointed with tonight's result, take pride in what you've achieved and your performances throughout the season. A credit to your college and a fitting representation of your outstanding coach. Learn from the experience and go again! #d3soc
— Dr. Ceri Bowley (@CeriBowley) December 8, 2019