#4 Herons secure Liberty League regular season title with 1-0 win over Clarkson
GENEVA, N.Y.—William Smith College junior MaryClaire Pelletier scored the lone goal as the No. 4 Heron soccer team defeated visiting Clarkson 1-0 in a Liberty League match played this afternoon on Cozzens Field. With the win, William Smith earned its seventh straight Liberty League regular season title.
The Herons logged their 13th straight victory to improve to 13-1-0 and 7-0-0 in conference play. It's William Smith's 11th shutout this fall. Clarkson falls to 5-11-0 overall and 1-6-0 in the Liberty League.
It wasn't until the 55th minute that the Herons broke through for the game's only goal. Junior Madeline Buckley took a free kick after a foul on the Golden Knights. She pushed a pass to Pelletier who lofted a shot perfectly into the top left corner of the goal. It was Pelletier's fourth goal this season. It was Buckley's fourth assist. She now shares a team-high with 18 points.
William Smith held a 16-3 advantage in shots and an 11-1 lead in corners. The Herons came extremely close to scoring in the first half. With 12:25 left in the first, sophomoreZoe Eth put a shot on goal after a corner kick by first-year Emma Diehl. Clarkson's goalie, Kim Kenline reached out to just get her hand on the ball and prevent the goal. Just over a minute later, first-year Kara Shue fired a shot on goal, but Kenline once again made the stop.
The Golden Knights best scoring chances came late in the second. With just over 22 minutes remaining, Anna Demasi broke through the Heron defense. She tried to send a cross to an on-rushing teammate, but the pass was blocked by William Smith sophomore defender Zoe Jackson-Gibson. The ball bounced around in the box for a moment, but senior goalie Chelsea Dunay came out to dive on it and stifle the opportunity for Clarkson. With 6:54, the Golden Knights earned their only corner of the match, but Dunay came out and grabbed the kick before anyone else could capitalize.
Dunay played all 90 minutes and finished with two saves. It was her ninth shutout this season. Kenline stopped five shots in all 90 minutes for Clarkson.
The Herons will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 29 when they travel to Nazareth for a non-conference match at 3:30 p.m.