Heron Soccer Advances to Nationals
Posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The William Smith College soccer team earned its 10th appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Round and will take on Capital University in a national semifinal match on Friday, Dec. 6, in San Antonio, Texas.
The match will be broadcast live on WHWS 105.7 LP-FM starting at 11:50 a.m. Ted Baker, the voice of Hobart football and lacrosse and host of Finger Lakes Morning News, and Suzanne Willard '99, associated director of admissions and athletic liaison for William Smith Athletics, will have all the action from the Lone Star State. Listen the Herons on WHWS 105.7fm, online at www.whws.fm, or on your mobile device. More information about how to listen live via mobile devices is also on WHWS' website.
William Smith secured its spot in the semifinals on Nov. 24, after having its sectional championship game at home against Ithaca delayed and moved to a new location due to snow. The Herons (21-1-0) extended their win-streak to 21 matches and set a new William Smith record for wins in a season.
The previous record for wins in a season stood at 20 and came in the 2011 season. The Herons also tied the program record for shutouts in a season, registering their 19th against the Bombers.
Junior Dineo Mmutla drilled a hard shot from about 25 yards out into the back of the net to give the Herons a 1-0 advantage in the 65th minute. William Smith had earned a free kick moments earlier and the Bombers were trying to clear the ball out of the zone, but Mmutla was able to halt the clear, settle the ball and fire home her third goal this year.
Senior goalie Chelsea Dunay made five saves to earn her 16th shutout this year, which is a new William Smith record for shutouts in season. Dunay surpassed the mark set by Nikki Dudley in 2005. It was the Herons' 14th straight shutout.
The Bombers finished the year with a 19-3-0 overall record. Ithaca's best scoring chance came in the 40th minute. Anna Gray blasted a free kick on goal from about 30 yards out, but Dunay stepped up to make the save. Beth Coppolecchia played all 90 minutes in goal for Ithaca and finished with four saves.
Each team finished with 10 total shots. The Herons held a 6-2 advantage in corners.
William Smith will take on Capital (19-4-1) on Dec. 6, at noon in San Antonio. The Crusaders battled to a 1-1 tie with top-ranked Washington (Mo.), and advanced 3-2 on penalty kicks.