Entering the weekend, women’s soccer was looking to sneak into the Liberty League tournament final with a win against William Smith.
A win over the Herons would have meant beating a 17-0, No. 1 ranked team nationally; one which had beaten the Dutchwomen by a 4-0 score just one week ago.
Union entered the semifinal on a two-game win streak that leapfrogged them over St. Lawrence for the final spot in the tournament.
To start off the game, Union was able to keep the powerhouse attack of William Smith in check, and it wasn’t until about halfway through the first half that Brie Ruane gave the Herons a 1-0 lead. Just before the end of the half, Ruane added a second to double the lead to 2-0.
Early in the second half, William Smith thwarted any regroup in a Union team that had zero shots in the first half. Two goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half put the game out of reach, and a fifth goal tacked on in the 82nd minute vaulted William Smith into the final.
Goalkeeper Kelsey Hartsoe ’19 collected seven saves over the course of the game for Union, however the offense could not muster anything against the William Smith defense, failing to record a goal in the 5-0 shutout.
The No. 1 ranked William Smith team went on to beat third-seeded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the final by a score of 4-0. The Herons are currently riding a 12-game shutout streak on top of an 18-game win streak heading into the national DIII tournament.
Union will lose four seniors heading into next year: Victoria Marotta, Alice Hayden, Michelle Staples and Keriann Mackey.
Each senior started at least one game this season, and three started in at least 15. Staples finished the year tied for second on the team in goals with three, while starting in 18 games.
Marotta finished the season with a goal and an assist. Mackey and Hayden each recorded an assist on the year in 15 and 17 games started, respectively.
Additional leaders on the team were Katie Monahan ’18 with 8 goals and 19 total points on the season, Sydney Keane ’18 with 6 assists for the year and Kelsey Hartsoe ’19 with 67 saves over the course of the year.
The Dutchwomen finished with a successful 8-6-4 record, 3-2-3 in league play for the 2016 season.