Recognizing the William Smith College Soccer Teamby Representative Tom Reed
Posted on 2013-12-11
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. REED. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the William Smith
College soccer team, which recently won the 2013 NCAA Division III
National Championship. On December 7, 2013, the Herons concluded their
record-breaking season with a 2-0 victory over Trinity University,
successfully capturing their second national championship title in
Setting new standards for the William Smith soccer program, the Herons completed their season with a record of 23-1-0. Their impressive winning streak of twenty-three games broke the previous school record. Remarkably, twenty-one of those games were complete shutouts, including all six victories in the NCAA tournament. The Herons have now competed in the Final Four ten times in the past twenty-five years and have won the Liberty League title in seven consecutive seasons.
Following the championship game, five players from this incredibly talented squad were named to the NCAA Women's All-Tournament Team. Forward Kara Shue, midfielder Zoe Eth, and goalkeeper Chelsea Dunay were among those who were recognized. In addition, forward Krista Longo and defender Olivia Zitoli were respectively named Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
This gifted team was led by their accomplished and experienced coach, Aliceann Wilber. As the only head coach that the William Smith Herons have ever known, Coach Wilber's 34th season proved to be her most successful yet. The national championship marked Wilber's 480th career win, making her the winningest coach in Division III women's soccer history. She also became the first female collegiate soccer coach to earn more than 400 career wins.
The 2013 William Smith College soccer team demonstrated that hard work and dedication truly pay off. I have no doubt that under the leadership of Coach Wilber, the Herons will continue their extraordinary level of success in the years to come.