Vassar Falls to William Smith in the Finals

GENEVA – The Vassar College women’s soccer team fell 2-0 in the Liberty League Championship to William Smith on their home turf on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m super proud of the group today, we couldn’t have asked for anything more honestly,” said Head Coach Corey Holton. “That’s a great William Smith team, but I thought our kids played hard, they played tough, and they gave them a run for their money. It was a good accomplishment to get the championship and I’m just really excited for the way our kids performed.”

William Smith had possession of the ball for the majority of the game, outshooting the Brewers, 23-2. The Herons had 10 shots on goal while Vassar had just one.

Freshman Fiona Walsh made eight saves in net, while playing the full 90 minutes.

The Herons controlled the ball in the first 45 minutes, pinning Vassar deep in their own end.

William Smith fired off 11 shots to Vassar’s one.

With 35 minutes on the clock in the first half, Sheila McQuillen headed down a ball from Evie Manning and Sarah Olick-Sutphen put it home for the first goal of the game.

The Brewers only shot in the opening half came from Audrey Pillsbury. She fired a shot from just outside the box that was scooped up by the Herons keeper. Vassar headed into the halftime break, down just 1-0.

Just three minutes into the second half, William Smith struck again. Megan Barwick dribbled in and blasted a shot from about 22 yards out into the left corner for the second goal of the game. With a 2-0 advantage, the Herons continued to control the ball to keep the Brewers at bay.

Sara Seper and Pillsbury each registered one shot on the day.

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