Six goals came off the foot of freshman Lexi Alston as the Comets downed the Eagles 8-3 Wednesday in a much-needed Southwestern Conference victory.
Also, scoring for Amherst were Cameron Dumais and Helena Medve.
The game was the second explosive match for the Amherst offense. The first was against North Ridgeville with a 4-1 win.
“They spent the last couple of days working on the attack third,” said coach Gary Gonzalez, explaining his players’ remarkable improvement after a two-game losing streak. “It seems we were able to move the ball in the back and the mid, and then kind of stalling in the attack third.”
Amherst completely dominated the first half as the offense kept Eagles keeper Jordan Dangerfield busy. Dangerfield had two saves but let three shots crease the net.
The first Comets goal was a pass from Emery Hicks to the sure foot of Alston less than a minute into the game. Seven and a half minutes later, Alston scored again.
The Eagles defense tightened by double-teaming Alston. However, they couldn’t keep her from assisting in the third goal of the first half when her pass to Dumais with 16:51 remaining cleared the bars.
Amherst’s defense held North Ridgeville to just two shots, only one on goal in the first half.
The lead didn’t slow the Comets, who instead savaged the Eagles defense. Alston scored at 35:16 and 23:37 to widen the gap while a goal from the amazingly accurate foot of North Olmsted’s DeAvion Anderson put her team on the board four and a half minutes into the period.
Down 5-1, the Eagles found a couple of kinks in the defense of the Comets. Alexandria Diamantis charged keeper Michelle Kissane for a second Olmsted goal exactly 11 minutes into the second half.
Undeterred, Medve took a pass from Leah Songer for Amherst’s sixth goal at the mid-point of the period. Her shot was answered about 30 seconds later by Eagle Rose Matzek ,who kicked a goal off a restart, bouncing the ball off the upper bar.
Leading 6-3, the Comets set up the fleet feet of Alston for two more goals for her double hat trick. Alston had a solo attack and a breakaway at 9:37 and 6:00 minutes remaining, respectively, to seal the Eagles’ fate and clinch the win.
Gonzalez said defenders have trouble matching Alston’s tremendous speed. “She can really stretch a field with her speed but she’s worked really hard in the last couple of days of keeping her composure in the attack,” he said.
Asked how she felt after a rare achievement, Alston said, “It feels good. It was a good win. We needed it because we’ve had a rough patch in the first half of the season.”