Herons Sting Yellowjackets
GENEVA, N.Y.-- Sophomore Laura Burnett-Kurie sneaked the game-winner under the crossbar at the 26:28 mark to lead the 20th ranked William Smith College Herons' to a 1-0 victory over the ninth-ranked University of Rochester Sept. 14 in a physical in-state rivalry at Cozzens Field. The Herons improve to a perfect 5-0, while the Yellowjackets fell to 3-1.
Terry Gurnett, the head women's soccer coach at Rochester, is the all-time victory leader in Division III. Gurnett has tallied 344 wins entering this season, 347 currently. William Smith is coached by Aliceann Wilbur who is second to Gurnett in victories.
The game has ended 0-0 in each of the last 2 years in the regular season. William Smith runs it record to 12-0-5 in their last 17 meetings against Rochester.
Prior to today's contest, neither a goal nor a winner had been recorded in regular season action since 2002, when the Herons defeated the Yellowjackets 2-0.
Burnett-Kurie quenched the scoring drought in the 27th minute, gathering a perfectly placed through ball from junior Heather Phillip (Cayuga/King Ferry, N.Y.) just inside the right corner of the 18-yard box. The Liberty League Co-Offensive Performer of the Week, Burnett-Kurie chipped the decisive goal off the inside of the crossbar and into the net, recording her team leading fourth goal of the season.
Although Rochester out shot William Smith 14-7, the Herons generated the better scoring chances, striking the crossbar twice. At the 63:36 mark, first-year midfielder Kem Price (Our Lady of Good Counsel/Silver Spring, Md.) nearly extended the lead as she ripped a shot off the crossbar, while senior midfielder Kate Warner (Gould Academy/Glouster, Mass.) dialed up the crossbar again in the 81st minute.
Junior goalkeeper Nikki Dudley (Chittenango/Chittenango, N.Y.) registered a season-high eight saves to post her fifth consecutive shutout victory, while sophomore goaltender Molly Leitch (Rocky River/Rocky River, Ohio) tallied a pair of saves in the loss.
William Smith kicks of conference play on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m., hosting the Saints of St. Lawrence.
-- Courtesy HWS