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#5 Herons blank Bombers 3-0

The fifth-ranked William Smith College soccer team scored three goals in the first half as it knocked off Ithaca 3-0 in a Liberty League contest at Carp Wood Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Herons are 5-1-2 overall this season with a 2-0-1 mark in conference play. The Bombers are now 5-2-2 overall with a 1-1-0 record in the Liberty League.
 
Three different players scored in the win for William Smith. Kirsten Nelson played all 90 minutes in goal and made three saves as she earned the shutout. Claire Reader and Grace Hickey each played 45 minutes in the Ithaca goal. They combined to make seven saves.
 
KEY STATS:

  • William Smith finished the game with a 19-8 edge in shots on goal and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
  • It was William Smith’s ninth straight victory over Ithaca and the 12th shutout in the last 13 meetings.

 
FIRST HALF:

  • The Herons applied pressure on the Bombers right from the opening whistle and finished the opening 45 minutes with a 12-4 edge in shots.
  • Julia DiMenna had the game’s first shot in the second minute, but her shot attempt was blocked. In the fifth minute, she had an attempt from near the penalty spot stopped by Hickey.
  • In the 11th minute, Ava Ruppersberger broke the deadlock with her fourth goal of the season. She intercepted an Ithaca clearing attempt and fired a shot into the upper left corner of the cage.
  • Emma Faso extended William Smith’s lead to 2-0 with her fourth goal of the year. She chipped a shot from the right side of the box into the left side of the cage. Ruth Hotaling was credited with an assist on the strike.
  • DiMenna rounded out the scoring in the 41st minute with her second goal of the year. She lofted a shot from 25-yards out over the outstretched hands of Hickey.

 
SECOND HALF:

  • Shayna Straney nearly added a fourth goal for William Smith, but her shot in the 46th minute was stopped by Claire Reader.
  • Ithaca’s best chance of the half came in the 77th minute. Rosie Bostian’s attempt was stopped by a diving Nelson.
  • William Smith had a 7-4 edge in shots in the second half.

 
COACH’S CORNER:
“We had a very strong performance against Ithaca, a team that’s going to make you fight for every ball every minute of the game,” Head Coach Aliceann Wilber said. “We were extremely pleased with how our women applied our game tactics today. As a team, we are growing steadily with our younger players beginning to contribute more consistently.”
 
UP NEXT:
William Smith will return to Cozzens Field this weekend, Oct. 1-2, for a two-game homestand. The Herons will host Bard and Penn State Behrend as a part of HWS Homecoming Weekend. William Smith will take on the Raptors on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Lions on Sunday at 4 p.m.



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