Alventosa Nets Double Overtime Game-Winner as Amherst Tops Smith, 2-1

Alventosa Nets Double Overtime Game-Winner as Amherst Tops Smith, 2-1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Junior Kiera Alventosa struck twice, including the game-winner in the 75th minute, to upend an early Pioneers' lead as the Amherst College field hockey team rallied past Five College rival Smith College, 2-1 in double overtime Wednesday evening at Smith Turf Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 7-5 on the year, while Smith falls to 3-10 overall. Amherst closes out the regular season with the first of three conference road games this Saturday, Oct. 19, traveling to No. 17 Colby College for a 12 PM NESCAC bout.

Opening scoring at the 10:07 mark, the Pioneers took an early lead behind a goal from Sammie Pavlov. Drawing a penalty corner, Bryn Murray hit Pavlov with the insertion pass at the top of the arc before the forward slipped a shot past the Amherst keeper.

Countering midway through the second period, Alventosa netted an unassisted strike to pull the sides into a 1-1 deadlock that would remain through the next 50 minutes of action and into double overtime.

Playing hero for the Mammoths in the 75th minute, Alventosa teamed up with Sophia Kaplan '21 with 4:19 before the final horn to pot the game-winner. Earning their second corner opportunity in extra time, Kaplan's initial shot from the top right of circle deflected to the stick of a wide-open Alventosa who pushed the ball into the back of the cage. 

The Mammoths owned a slight edge in shots (19-12), shots on frame (11-10) and penalty corners (9-7) en route to improving their all-time series record versus the Pioneers to 31-10-3.

In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (7-5) registered eight saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Channy Cornell (3-10) made seven stops for Smith in the loss.