Herons down Sagehens, advance to national championship game

The second-ranked William Smith College soccer team scored a pair of second half goals to defeat No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer 2-0 in an NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Semifinal match. With the win, the Herons advance to the national championship game for the first time since 2013.

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The Herons (21-1-1) will take on No. 1 Messiah, who advanced past Carnegie Mellon in penalty kicks in the other national semifinal match this afternoon. The national championship match will be played at UNCG Soccer Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

This will be the fifth time the Herons have played in the national championship match in program history. William Smith has played in four national championship games (1987, 1988, 1997 and 2013), winning in 1988 and 2013.