Posted on Monday, September 03, 2012
William Smith senior Whitney Frary and sophomore Madeline Buckley each notched two goals and an assist as the Heron soccer team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4-0 in the final game of the 2012 Heron Cup played on Cozzens Field this afternoon.
Ithaca topped Babson 3-0 in today's first game of the Heron Cup also played on Cozzens Field.
Senior Renee Jensen tallied two assists for William Smith (2-0). Junior goalie Chelsea Dunay secured her second collegiate shutout, making six saves in all 90 minutes of action in goal.
The Herons started their scoring just 4:24 into the match. Frary connected for her first goal, which came on the first shot of the game, after a crossing pass from the right side from Jensen. The goal was the lone score of the first half.
Frary found the back of the net a second time in the 51st minute, this time off a feed from Buckley. Then the Herons opened things up. Just under five minutes later, Buckley scored a goal of her own, sliding a shot from 25 yards out inside the left post. Jensen again set up the play. Buckley notched her second goal of the game 2:13 later. Frary tapped ahead a short pass from 12 yards out, and Buckley broke through the defense and beat the Blugold's goalie to stretch the William Smith lead to four.
UW-Eau Claire (0-2) had a chance to score with 7:54 left in the match. Ashley O'Connell blasted a free kick into the box where Gina Williams collected and fired on goal, but Dunay came up with the stop. With 59 seconds left, Paige LeGate booted a shot from the right side but Dunay made a diving save to preserve her shutout.
The Herons finished with an 11-10 edge in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Nina Behrenbrinker played the opening 64:25 in goal for the Blugolds and stopped one shot. Amanda Hakala came in for the final 25:35 and made one save.
William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 8 when they travel to take on top-ranked Messiah College in a non-league match at 1 p.m.