No.1 Falcons clip No. 2 Herons in championship game

The No. 2 William Smith College soccer team was edged by No. 1 Messiah 1-0 in the national championship game at UNCG Soccer Stadium this afternoon.

The Herons, who were making their fifth appearance in the national championship game, finished the season with a 21-2-1 overall record. William Smith’s 21 wins are second most in a season and its 18 shutouts are third most.

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William Smith controlled the pace of play in the first half, outshooting, the Falcons 5-3. Junior Sheila McQuillen had the game’s first scoring chance in the sixth minute. She collected a crossing pass and one-timed it on cage, but Lydia Ewing was there to make the save. Junior Amanda Adams had a chance in the 30th minute but fired a shot from inside the box just over the crossbar.