15th Ranked Herons Roll in 6-1 Win over Saints
Oct. 5: William Smith exploded for five first half goals and went on to a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence in a Liberty League field hockey game in Geneva Friday afternoon.
The game did not get off to an auspicious start for the 2-8 Saints as the Herons, ranked 15th nationally, scored just 25 seconds into the game. Melanie O'Connor beat Saint starter Brady Cooper from point blank range as she shot from dead center, four yards out for her fourth of the year. Taylor Cappello then made it a 2-0 game with the first of her three goals, deflecting home a pass from Caitlin Moran at 13:19.
The Saints got back into it momentarily just over three minutes later when Courtney Cartier scored her sixth of the year, going one on one with the goalkeeper on a breakaway at 17:32, but Cappello answered that with her second of the game, tapping home a pass from Annie Kietzman at the back post at 22:09.
Nicole Matos took over for Cooper, who had six saves in the first 22:11, but Cappello scored her third of the day at 27:39, again off a feed by Kietzman for a 4-1 lead and Julia Simmons scored her third of the season off a long corss from Sara Helmer at 30:16 to make it a 5-1 game at the half.
Helmer scored the sixth goal of the afternoon for William Smith at 54:33 of the second, converting a penalty stroke for her first goal of the year.
The Herons, now 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the Liberty League outshot the Saints 29-5 and had 14 corners to five for the Saints. The shots were 17-1 at the half. Matos finished with 12 saves in 47:49 for the Saints, who will take a 1-2 Liberty League record into a Saturday game at Rochester.