GENEVA, N.Y. — Senior Chelsea England scored a pair of second half goals to lead No. 2 William Smith to a 3-0 Liberty League victory against No. 24 Skidmore Friday. The Herons tied the school record for consecutive shutouts to start a season with their nine clean sheet of the year.
William Smith (8-0-1, 2-0-0) kept the Thoroughbreds under heavy pressure throughout the match, but struggled to solve senior goalie Megan Sleezer, who counted 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.
England got William Smith on the board in the 56th minute with a brilliant left-footed 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, the one with a more deft touch, chipping the ball over Sleezer to about the same spot in the cage. Both tallies were assisted by senior Whitney Frary.
No. 1 Messiah 2, Widener 0
CHESTER, Pa. — Top-ranked Messiah survived its Commonwealth Conference opener at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium against Widener Friday night with a 2-0 victory.
The Falcons (8-0-1, 1-0 CC) scored their first goal in the 16th minute when Corrine Wulf converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead. The Pride (4-4-1, 0-1) battled throughout, but Bridgette Dolio tallied an unassisted marker in the 71st minute for a 2-0 lead.
Wulf took eight shots for the Falcons, who posted a 29-1 shots edge. Sophomore Valarie Perretti made 12 saves for the Pride.
No. 5 Trinity (Texas) 2, No. 13 Centre 1 (2OT)
DANVILLE, Ky. — Fifth-ranked Trinity (Texas) earned a 2-1 double-overtime win against No. 13 Centre on Friday evening, opening up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play for both teams.
Trinity (10-0-0, 1-0-0 SCAC) narrowly avoided the team’s first conference loss since the 2008 season, needing a tying goal in the final minutes to force overtime.
Senior Abby Loar scored in the 103rd minute of play to secure the victory for the Tigers, knocking in her third game-winner of the season, and her eighth goal overall.
Centre jumped ahead early in the game with a goal in the ninth minute from Anne Mitchell, then held off the tough Tiger offense for most of the game.
In the 85th minute, though, first-year Emily Jorgens broke through with the equalizer that kept the Tigers alive. Jorgens finished with three total shots in the game, and the goal was her ninth of the season.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.
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