NCAA Second Round: Williams Smith 3, Trinity 0

NCAA Second Round: Williams Smith 3, Trinity 0

Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

GENEVA, N.Y. - The Trinity College Bantams played even with the undefeated William Smith College Herons, but gave up three goals in a span of 8:13 in the second half to fall, 3-0, in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Second Round at Cozzens Field. Trinity, which advanced past WPI yesterday on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in the first round, closes the year with an 11-5-4 record.  The Herons improve to 20-0 with their 14th consecutive shutout and advance to the NCAA Third Round against Amherst College at a site to be determined on November 19.

The game was tied at the half, as the Bantams held off the Herons despite a 9-to-2 shot deficit and early pressure. William Smith's Kara Shue started things in the sixth minute with a hard shot from the top of the box that sailed wide, and Emma Diehl blasted a ball just over the cross bar in the 10th minute for the Herons. Trinity goalkeeper Julia Pitino denied Heron Kate Spiegel with a leaping save of Spiegel's bid from the left wing in the 16th minute.

Trinity forward Andi Nicholson got behind the William Smith defense with the ball but her bouncing shot missed just to the right in the 19th minute, and Taylor Kirchgessner headed the ball slightly left for the Bantams after a smooth passes ahead down the left sideline by midfielder Tori Dunn and a perfect cross from the left flank by back Kelly Lucas with eight minutes left before intermission.  William Smith had a corner at the three-minute mark, but could only get off an errant shot.

In the second stanza, the Herons started similarly to the first half, as an early shot by Brie Ruane was stopped by Pitino and a direct kick by Theresa Lohr rolled through the defense but could not get by a diving Pitino and the game remained scoreless through the 50th minute.  In the 58th minute, William Smith's Ella McMackin broke the scoring drought after a corner kick sent in by Bridget Westerman, settling a pass from back Eileen Rath in front of the goal and sending the ball inside the right post. Just 50 seconds later, the Herons were awarded a penalty kick after a Trinity foul in the box and Westerman connected for her first career marker to give the Herons a 2-0 lead. In the 66th minute, William Smith was given another penalty kick after another Bantam foul in the box and Spiegel repeated the feat with her first career goal and a 3-0 lead for the home team.  Late in the second half, Trinity was awarded a free kick 10 yards outside of the box. Tri-captain back Sheena Landy took the kick, but the ball was cleared out by the Heron defense before a Bantam could play it.