It was back to the future in the NCAA Division III Championships as William Smith qualified for their first final since 1997, as they managed a 1-0 win over Capital at Toyota Field on Friday morning.
In truth the score line didn't reflect the play as the Herons completely dominated the 90 minutes but poor finishing cost them as they could have had plenty more goals and sent a message to the other semi-finalists.
After having all of the early ball William Smith took the lead in the seventh minute as Kara Shue put the ball in for Krista Longo who was able to net the match's opening goal.
It was absolutely all William Smith as they pummelled the Capital goal keeper, taking eight shots on target through the match, but much too often the shooting was wayward.
The Herons controlled the final 83 minutes as they completely dominated Capital but struggled to show their skill and class throughout the match.
Shue and Longo were dangerous throughout the game routinely linking up well together and in truth should have had more than the one goal that they did score as they were by far the better side throughout the match.
Capital were really looking to disrupt and frustrate the Herons who were prevented from playing the way they wanted to play by the debutants from Ohio.
In the end though Capital had very few chances, with none really looking like scoring which allowed William Smith to advance to their first National Championship since 1997.