Posted by Skidmore Athletics
GENEVA – The No. 2 ranked William Smith women's soccer team put up three goals in the second half to beat No. 24 Skidmore, Friday afternoon at Cozzens Field.
The Thoroughbreds fall to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in Liberty League play, while the Herons remain unbeaten at 8-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league action.
William Smith kept Skidmore under heavy pressure throughout the match, but struggled to score against goalie Meghan Sleezer '12, who had at least three diving stops among her five first half saves.
The match was still scoreless at halftime despite a 10-1 advantage in shots for the home side. The Herons also took all seven corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
Chelsea England got William Smith on the board in the 56th minute with a strike from the far left of the box that slid under the crossbar just inside the far post. Just over three minutes later, England notched her second goal of the match, chipping the ball over Sleezer to about the same spot in the cage. Both tallies were assisted by Whitney Frary '12.
The Herons' final marker came off a lucky bounce. Sleezer attempted to play a ball out of the penalty area, but Krista Longo '15 ran in front of her. The ball ricocheted off Longo's face and into the Thoroughbreds' net for a 3-0 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the match.
Sleezer finished the match with 10 saves. William Smith senior Amanda Davis and sophomore Chelsea Dunay combined for the shutout without making a save.
The Herons held advantages in both shots (20-1) and corner kicks (9-1).