Potsdam, NY – A focused defense and a solid game plan by the Clarkson University Women’s Soccer team was able to limit 10th-ranked William Smith’s chances to near season-lows, but the Herons were able to take advantage of their second-half opportunities and pull out a 2-0 win over the Golden Knights Sunday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights fell to 4-12-0 overall and 0-7-0 in the Liberty League, closing out the conference season, while William Smith clinched home-field advantage and the top seed in the Liberty League playoffs, moving to 12-2-2 and 5-0-2. Clarkson closes out its regular season on Wednesday at Oswego State.
Though William Smith possessed the ball for much of the first half and had numerous runs with opportunities for shots, the Herons finished the first 45 minutes with just a single shot, but four corner kick chances. Clarkson, meanwhile, had three shots in the half, all which were on goal, but unfortunately for the Knights the attempts were softer shots that were easily picked up William Smith keeper Amanda Davis.
The Herons came out with a quick pace to start the second half, and took little time to break the scoreless tie. Brelynn Nasypany tried to take a shot in front with a defender at her side and Clarkson keeper Stephanie Collins (Colton, NY) protecting the goal, and Collins pushed the ball aside. The ball ricocheted over to Whitney Frary who was able to complete the play with a quick shot into a nearly empty net at 46:50, her fourth score of the season.
With less than 10 minutes to go, William Smith picked up an insurance goal to clinch the victory. Nasypany dribbled down the left side and took a hard shot from outside the box that Collins was able to deflect, but Morgan Gibeault crashed the net and redirected the ball in with her body for her fourth goal of the year.
Clarkson had just a single shot in the second half, but it nearly cut the lead in half. Senior Ariana Czech beat a defender and the goalkeeper, but a hard shot to the near post sailed just wide with a few moments remaining in the game.
William Smith out shot Clarkson 9-4, its second-lowest total of the season, and held a 4-0 lead in corner kicks. Collins made six saves, all in the second half, for the Golden Knights, while Amanda Davis and Chelsea Dunay combined for three stops for the Herons.