Top-ranked William Smith, No. 5 Messiah fight to 1-1 tie after 2OT
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- No. 1 William Smith played through 110 minutes to finish in a 1-1 tie with fifth-ranked Messiah College in a non-league game played at the Falcons’ Shoemaker Field. The Herons are now 2-0-1 overall, while Messiah is 2-1-1 this season.
William Smith struck first 15:16 into the match. Sophomore Dineo Mmutla fired a shot that was blocked by a Messiah defender. Senior Renee Jensen was there to capitalize on the rebound to put William Smith on top 1-0. It was Jensen’s first goal of the season. She leads the Herons with six points this season.
Lightning and severe weather in the area caused the match to be delayed in the middle of the first half. Play resumed and William Smith held its 1-0 advantage into the break. Four minutes into the second half, Messiah tied up the game. Alicia Frey took advantage of a feed from Trishia Tshudy to put the Falcons on the scoreboard in the 50th minute.
Neither team could break the tie through the rest of regulation or through the 20 minutes of overtime action. The Herons and the Falcons also played to a scoreless double-overtime tie during the regular season last year when Messiah made the trip to Cozzens Field.
Junior Chelsea Dunay had an outstanding game in goal, playing all 110 minutes and recording a career-high 16 saves. Audra Larson played the entire game in goal for the Falcons and finished with five saves.
Messiah held a 23-9 advantage in shots and a 9-1 lead in corners.