Zoe Eth scored the game-winner with 1:34 left in the first half as nationally-ranked #20 William Smith slipped past St. Lawrence in a 1-0 Liberty League soccer match, Saturday on Cozzens Field. The Herons improve to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in conference play, while the Saints fall to 6-3-2, 1-2-1.
"In the first half we defended well and absorbed a lot of pressure," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "Kelsey (West) made some great saves to keep us in the game. We made a few adjustments in the second half and had some really close chances but just fell short. The team left everything on the field today. The work rate was outstanding."
The Herons scored the lone goal of the game late in the first half when Caitlyn Mitchell crossed the ball right in front of the goal, finding Eth at the far post. Eth sent a diving header into the back of the net past St. Lawrence goalkeeper Kelsey West.
St. Lawrence had its best scoring opportunity of the match 30 seconds before the break. In a flurry of action in front of the goal, first-year student Hannah Calvelli blasted a shot on goal that was rejected by a William Smith defender just in front of the goal line.
In the 54th minute, the Herons had a chance to extend their lead when Madeline Buckley hit a hard shot on goal, but the West made a nice play to push the ball just over the crossbar.
In the second half, the Saints had another chance to tie things up. In the 67th minute, William Smith was called for a foul at the top of the box. Senior co-captain Stephanie Sayward took the free kick, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.
The Herons outshot St. Lawrence, 17-8. William Smith earned 11 corners, while the Saints had one. Heron goalkeeper Chelsea Dunay was not called to make a save in the shutout, while West finished with eight saves for the Saints.
The Saints will host RPI and Union on Oct. 12 and 13, respectively, in two conference games.