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William Smith’s Kirsten Nelson named Defensive Player of the Week

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  • Kyle Evans 

William Smith College senior goalie Kirsten Nelson (Turnersville, N.J./Paul VI) was named the Liberty League Women’s Soccer Defensive Performer of the Week this afternoon. In addition, senior Maggie Speckhart (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) was named to the Liberty League’s Weekly Honor Roll.
The Herons kicked off their 2023 season on the road last weekend, traveling to Pennsylvania to take on The College of New Jersey and Arcadia University. William Smith shut out the Lions 1-0 on Saturday. The next day the Herons defeated the Knights 4-1 behind three second-half goals. Nelson was 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .909 save percentage.  She made a career-high six saves against TCNJ. Speckhart scored the game-winning goal against the Lions.
Seventh-ranked William Smith soccer team will make its Cozzens Field debut tomorrow, Sept. 6 when it takes on Geneseo, at 4:30 p.m. in a non-conference contest. SUNY Geneseo currently stands at 2-0-0, after beating Alfred University and Eastern Nazarene College this past weekend. 
Fans unable to make the trip to Cozzens Field can follow the action with HWS All-Access Video and Live Stats.

  • Five different Herons scored a goal on opening weekend to share the team lead.
  • Katrine Berg, Emma Kirts, and Ava Ruppersberger each had an assist.


  • Abby Foster and Juliette Frischmann lead Geneseo with three goals each.
  • The Knights have nine players with an assist.
  • Mollie Collins has played every minute in net for Geneseo. The Knights’ defense has not surrendered a shot.


  • Wednesday’s game will be the 30th meeting between the Herons and the Knights.
  • William Smith is 19-8-2 against Geneseo, including a 10-4-1 mark in Geneva.
  • Last season, the Herons defeated the Knights 1-0. Fasso scored the lone goal. Amanda Kesler ’23 made one save to preserve the shutout.