05 Nov Women’s Soccer to face William Smith in Liberty League Semifinal
ROCHESTER, NY – The No. 4 RIT (10-4-3) women’s soccer team will play No. 1 William Smith (14-1-1) on Saturday (Nov. 6) at 11:00 AM in the semifinal round of the 2021 Liberty League Women’s Soccer Tournament on the campus of William Smith. The winner plays the winner between No. 2 Ithaca and No. 3 Union in Sunday’s Liberty League Championship game.
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RIT enters today 3-2 in its last five games, including a 2-0 win against Skidmore in Wednesday’s quarterfinal. Junior forward Madison Corso and graduate student Morgan Monteith each scored for the Tigers. Junior Darcie Jones made four saves in net to earn the win.
RIT enters the semifinal third in the league in scoring, averaging 1.82 goals per game, and is third, allowing 0.76 goals per contest.
Junior forward Christine Cataldo-Smith leads the team and is second in the Liberty League with 28 points, averaging 1.75 points per game. She is second in the league with 11 goals and tied for fourth with six assists. Graduate student Courtney McHale is second on the team with 10 points on three goals and four assists. She is tied for ninth in the league with four assists. Junior Erin Allor is third in scoring with nine points on three goals and an assists.
Jones and graduate student Alyssa Salls have split time in net. Jones enters the semifinal with four wins. She leads the Liberty League and is 12th in Division III with a 0.318 goals against average, and leads the league and is tenth nationally with a .906 save percentage. Salls enters the tournament with five wins and a 1.20 goals against average and a .767 save percentage.
William Smith is vying for its 18th Liberty League Tournament title and 13th straight. The Herons enter Saturday 5-0 in its last five games, outscoring its opponents 21-2 in that stretch. William Smith, ranked third in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Division III poll, defeated St. Lawrence 3-1 last Saturday. Merilyn Hinrichs, Sheila McQuillen and Julia Keogh each scored, while Amanda Kesler made four saves in net for the Herons to earn the win.
The Herons enter the semifinal first in the league and seventh in Division III in scoring, averaging 3.87 goals per game. William Smith is first in the league and 20th in the nation defensively, allowing 0.44 goals per contest.
Senior Julia Keogh leads William Smith, the league and is tied 21st in the Division III with 38 points, and leads the league and is tied for 17th nationally with 28 goals. McQuillen is second in scoring with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists, while Hinrichs is third with 18 points and six goals.
Senior Amanda Kesler enters the tournament with 11 wins and is second in the league with a 0.506 goals against average and an .854 save percentage. She is tied for second in the Liberty League with six shut-outs.
William Smith beat RIT 2-0 on September 22. Amanda Adams and Se Blakely-Armitage each scored for the Herons. Kesler made two saves in net to earn the win, while Salls made eight saves in net for the Tigers.
Admission to William Smith soccer games is free. Fans are asked to monitor their health and stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms. Properly fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose are required in indoor spaces on campus (including restrooms) and in crowded settings.
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