#3 Herons defeat #13 Brandeis 1-0 in OT, advance to NCAA quarterfinals
GENEVA, N.Y.--William Smith College junior Kara Shue scored the game-winning goal 2:26 into overtime to secure a 1-0 win for the Heron Soccer team and a spot in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. The No. 3 Herons improve to 19-1-1, with their 16th straight victory.
No. 11 Brandeis finished its season with a 15-3-4 overall record. William Smith will face No. 6 Williams tomorrow, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. for a spot in the national semifinals. The Ephs topped No. 14 Stevens 2-1 in the other sectional semifinal played on Cozzens Field this afternoon.
Today's game was the 17th shutout of the season for William Smith. With their goal today, the Herons registered a program record for goals in a season with 64. This year's team also holds the single season records for points (179) and assists (51).
Shue's game-winning goal came off an assist from senior Krista Longo. After a deep offensive zone throw in by junior Ella McMackin, the ball eventually came to Longo, who tapped it to Shue. She was then able to clinch the win for the Herons with her eighth goal of the year. Longo leads William Smith with 33 points this season. She is now tied for ninth on the Heron list for career points with 89.
One of Brandeis' best scoring chances of the game came just 11:53 into the match. Lea McDaniel broke through for a one-on-one with Heron first-year keeper Veronica Romines. However, Romines stepped up to deny the chance. Romines secured her second shutout, finishing with a season-high seven saves.
The Judges also had a few chances late in the second half. In the 83rd minute, Samantha Schwartz blasted a shot that was blocked by Heron junior defender Bridget Westerman. Seconds later a shot by McDaniel sailed wide. Brandeis then earned a corner in the 84th minute, but the Judges were unable to make anything come of it.
It was the Herons turn to have a flurry of chances in the final minute of regulation. Shots from inside the box by Longo and sophomore Evie Manning were both blocked by the Judges.
William Smith finished with an 18-11 advantage in shots and an 8-2 lead in corners. Alexis Grossman played all 92:26 in goal for Brandeis and made four saves.