Knights women's soccer upset bid falls short in 1-0 defeat versus William Smith
Potsdam, NY – A header in the 65th minute by Emilie Sauvayre lifted seventh/eighth-ranked William Smith to a 1-0 win over the Clarkson University Women's Soccer team under cloudy skies on Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights dropped to 4-7-1 overall and 0-4-0 in conference games, while William Smith edged up to 9-2-0 and 5-0-0 in Liberty League contests. Clarkson will look to get on the winning side of things next weekend when it travels to face Vassar and Bard.The Herons controlled play from the start, but did not get much in the way of scoring chances as all of their shots in the first half sailed either wide or high. William Smith's best chances actually came on corner kick chances or crosses that Clarkson goalkeeper Elyse Green came out to catch or punched away to a teammate.
Clarkson actually had the first shot on goal, getting a chance from about 25 yards out early in the second half, but William Smith's first shot on goal found its way into the net. Shortly after a throw in, the Herons worked passes around near midfield, sending a long cross to the opposite side of the field, where Genevieve Carpenter collected the ball about 40 yards out. She then squared up a long kick to the other side of the penalty box, finding Emilie Sauvayre, who headed the ball in from about 10 yards out into the top corner over the extended right hand of Elyse Green at 64:32.
The goal revitalized William Smith's offensive effort, but Clarkson's defense held, limiting the high-powered Herons to just one score in the game.
William Smith led in shots 14-2 and held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Green made one save for the Knights and Veronica Romines made two saves for William Smith.