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#1 Herons, Tigers play to draw

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  • Kyle Evans 

The William Smith College soccer team and Rochester Institute of Technology battled to a 1-1 draw in a Liberty League contest at Tiger Stadium this evening. The Herons, who are ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches poll, are now 4-0-2 overall with a 0-0-1 record in conference play.

Julia DiMenna notched her team-leading third goal of the season for William Smith. Kirsten Nelson played all 90 minutes in goal and made one save.

Emma Pedro scored for the Tigers (2-4-1, 0-0-1). Emily Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal, making six saves.


  • William Smith finished the game with a 22-4 advantage in shots, including an 11-0 in the second half.
  • The Herons had all 11 of the game’s corner kicks.
  • William Smith remains unbeaten all-time against the Tigers, holding a 43-0-4 lead in the series.


  • William Smith had the game’s first scoring chance in the 10th minute. DiMenna had a shot from just outside the 18-yard box smothered by Sanchez.
  • The Herons took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. DiMenna collected a bouncing ball in the 18-yard box and slipped a shot into the lower left corner of the cage. Julia Berg was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • RIT tied the game 10 minutes later on a counterattack. Elena Onodera fired a shot off the cross bar. Pedro pounced on the rebound and chipped a shot past Nelson for her first collegiate goal. Onodera and Olivia Harris were awarded assists on the goal.
  • Ruth Hotaling nearly gave William Smith a 2-1 lead in the 33rd minute, but Sanchez made a diving save.


  • William Smith controlled the second half holding possession in the RIT end of the field for a majority of the final 45 minutes.
  • In the 51st minute Ava Ruppersberger had a shot from near the top of the 18-yard box blocked by a Tiger defender
  • In the 79th minute, Marjorie Plants chipped a shot just over the crossbar. In the 89th minute Plants got her head on a corner kick but the ball just over the net.
  • Ruppersberger had one last chance in the closing seconds, but her shot was blocked by a defender.

William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 23, when it returns home to begin a three-game homestand. The Herons will take on Skidmore at 3 p.m. on Cozzens Field.