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Ruppersberger’s brace powers Herons past Knights 2-1

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  • Kyle Evans 

William Smith College senior midfielder Ava Ruppersberger scored a pair of second-half goals as the seventh-ranked Herons rallied for a 2-1 win over Geneseo on a hot afternoon on Cozzens Field. With their third straight win, the Herons are 3-0-0 to start the season.

Senior Kirsten Nelson, who was named the Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week Yesterday, played all 90 minutes in goal for the Herons and made five saves.

Riley Griffin scored for Geneseo (2-1-0).  Mollie Collins went the distance in goal for the Knights stopping eight shots.


  • William Smith finished the game with a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Herons had all 10 of the game’s corner kicks.
  • William Smith has won five straight games against Geneseo and is 20-8-2 all-time against the Knights.


  • William Smith controlled the first half, outshooting Geneseo 10-3 in the opening 45 minutes.
  • Ruppersberger, who had a game-high eight shots in the contest, had her first scoring attempt in the third minute. Her heel flick from 10 yards out was stopped by Collins.
  • In the 26th minute, Katrine Berg had a shot from just outside the 18-yard box stopped by Collins.
  • Geneseo’s best opportunity of the first half came in the 35th minute. Juliette Frischmann’s shot was turned aside by Nelson.


  • Graduate student Emma Faso nearly gave William Smith a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute, but her goal was waved off because she was a step offside.
  • Geneseo broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. Off a free kick that was essentially a short corner kick, Griffin picked up a bouncing ball in the six-yard box and slipped a shot past Nelson.
  • Twenty-three seconds later, Ruppersberger converted on a penalty kick to tie the game. After a handball in the box, Ruppersberger stepped up to the penalty spot and buried the shot in the left half of the cage.
  • Ruppersberger scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute. She dribbled the ball 20 yards, stepped into the box, and fired a left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the goal.

William Smith will be back in action Sunday, Sept. 10, when it welcomes the University of Rochester to Cozzens Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.