UND Staff

Amanda Cinalli

Women's Soccer Volunteer Assistant Coach


Consummate team player who quietly has fashioned a stellar career that has her on verge of 100 career points – with many goals coming in clutch big-game situations … one of 45 players named to the Hermann Trophy 2007 preseason watch list … also tabbed for preseason first team all-BIG EAST honors (she was first-teamer in 2004, third team in [apos]05, second team in [apos]06) … follows K.T. Sullivan ([apos]88) and Kim Lorenzen ([apos]06) as third solo captain in 20-year history of Notre Dame women[apos]s soccer … tremendous representative of Notre Dame (on and off the field) who joined hockey captain T.J. Jindra as the 2007 recipients of athletic department[apos]s Francis Patrick O[apos]Connor Award (which recognizes traits such as team spirit and inspiration) … member of U.S. Under-21 National Team who has played in past two Nordic Cups … has proven to be equally as effective playing forward or midfield for the Irish …combines with teammates Kerri Hanks, Brittany Bock and Michele Weissenhofer to give Irish a potent core to the team[apos]s attack … tremendous all-around player who has been overshadowed in her career by fellow forwards Katie Thorlakson and Kerri Hanks (who earned 2004 and [apos]06 national player-of-the-year honors, respectively) … invaluable member of the team who does all the [quote]little things[quote] with regularity … has very quick turn on the ball that results in drawing hard fouls and PKs … rates as possibly the team[apos]s most technical player … a tremendous creator off the dribble, as a crafty and deceptive player with an assortment of moves … tough to knock off the ball, combining sturdy frame with smooth play … has not missed a game in her career (79; 68 starts) as leader of nation[apos]s winningest senior class (72-5-2 career record; .924), putting the 2007 seniors on pace to rank among winningest classes in college soccer history … the 2006 seniors (92-8-3/.908; from 2003-06) own the most career wins in Notre Dame history while the 1997 seniors (led by Holly Manthei and Kate Sobrero Markgraf) own the top career win pct. in Irish women[apos]s soccer history (.921; 91-6-4 from [apos]94-[apos]97) … she and her fellow seniors are unbeaten at Alumni Field (40-0-1, in official fall games), with their first three seasons including a 0.49 goals-against average, 52 shutouts, 69 games with 0-1 goals allowed, 41 wins by 3-plus goals and 18 by 5-plus (average shot margin of 23-5) … proven competitor with wealth of top-level youth experience, in addition to spending past four summers in the W-League … could face several Nordic Cup teammates in 2007 season: Stanford[apos]s Rachel Buehler, Virginia[apos]s Jess Rostedt, Nikki Krzysik and Becky Sauerbrunn, Santa Clara[apos]s Kiki Bosio and UConn[apos]s Brittany Taylor … one of 13 Ohio natives to play for Notre Dame (including current players Courtney Rosen and Rose Augustin), with others including Academic All-America forward Mary Boland (Hudson) … former Notre Dame players to wear number five include current U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx ([apos]95-[apos]98) and Academic All-America defender Vanessa Pruzinsky ([apos]99-[apos]03) … enters senior year with a 3.12 cumulative GPA.

IN THE ND RECORD BOOK: Enters final season ranked 19th on Notre Dame career scoring list with 88 points (31 goals, 26 assists) … would be the 16th to reach 100-point milestone … needs four assists to become 12th player in program[apos]s history with 30G-30A (she is 9G-4A shy of becoming the eighth with 40G-40A) … has yet to miss a game in her career (79, with 68 starts) … would break Jen Buczkowski[apos]s ND record for games played (103) by logging at least 25 games in 2007 (she is 22 starts shy of becoming the 13th ND player with 90-plus starts) … one of seven Irish players ever to post five or more points in a game versus a top-25 opponent (5/2G-1A, in [apos]06 vs. Santa Clara) … ranks 10th on Notre Dame lists for career postseason points (25, in 25 GS) and goals (10) … has opened the scoring ([quote]first-goals[quote]) in postseason games more times than any previous Irish player (6) while her four career game-winning goals in postseason play are one shy of that ND record … her 18 career points in the NCAAs (8G-4A) are sixth in ND history (third in career NCAA goals, two shy of Monica Gerardo[apos]s record) … owns ND record for career first-goals in the NCAAs (5) … scored pair of gamewinners in 2004 NCAAs (one shy of ND record) … she and Jenny Streiffer are only players who have scored two of the 10-fastest postseason goals in Notre Dame history, doing so in the 2005 NCAA first round vs. Valparaiso (3:03; 8th) and in 2004 NCAA quarterfinal with Portland (3:42; 10th) … only player listed twice among ND[apos]s top-5 quickest goals in NCAA play (3rd and 4th, listed above) … shares Irish record for games played in a season (27, in [apos]04 and [apos]06) and is one of only four to play 27 in multiple seasons … has delivered two game-winning goals and a game-winning assist in her career versus BIG EAST rival Connecticut.

WITH U.S. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Current member of United States Under-21 National Team (which is transitioning to U-23 status) … joined ND teammates Hanks, Bock and Weissenhofer on U-21 team that played over spring break in Manchester, England (March 13-15, 2007), versus Blackburn Rovers Ladies (2-0), Everton Ladies (6-2[apos] goal) and Leeds Ladies (5-0; 2G), also attending a Manchester United game at Old Trafford … joined Weissenhofer on 18-player U.S. U-21s that won 2007 Nordic Cup (July 12-25, in Finland) while facing European U-23 squads … Notre Dame, Virginia, Portland, UCLA and Texas were teams with multiple players on the 2007 Nordic Cup squad … the U.S. opened with 1-0 wins over Norway and Sweden before topping Germany in gold-medal game (4-0) … set up a penalty kick that capped win over Germany … one year earlier, she impressed the U-21 coaches in training camps to earn spot on U-21 team that finished second to Germany (2-0 loss) at 2006 Nordic Cup (Nordic Cup) … helped USA advance through [apos]06 Nordic Cup group play with wins over Denmark (3-0) and Norway (4-0) and 1-1 tie with Iceland … drew key penalty kick (converted by UCLA[apos]s Danesha Adams) in win over Norway, providing goal-differential tiebreaker … previously a three-year veteran of the U.S. youth soccer teams (2002-04), playing alongside Notre Dame classmate Susan Pinnick on Under-17 National Team while training at Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) … served as captain for U-17 team in 2003 game versus Germany (Bradenton, Fla.), registering pair of assists in that win … played versus WUSA[apos]s San Diego Spirit in stint with U.S. Under-19s … earlier competed with U.S. U-16s during 2002 tournament in Paris.

AS A JUNIOR: Named to NSCAA all-Great Lakes Region second team while receiving all-BIG EAST honors for third time in career (second team) … finished fourth on team in scoring with 26 points (11G-4A) while ranking seventh in points among BIG EAST players and fifth in goals … tied Irish record – one she already shared – for games played in a season (27, with 24 starts) … her header goal after a corner-kick tied early game at 24th-ranked Mississippi (2-1) … named offensive MVP of Notre Dame[apos]s Inn at Saint Mary[apos]s Classic – and also the Soccer America national player of the week – after scoring on a flying header to clinch 2-0 win over 19th-ranked USC (via Weissenhofer[apos]s flip-throw, in 83rd minute) before factoring into all three goals as Irish came back to beat fellow number-one ranked Santa Clara (3-1) … drew the SCU defense to her before sliding pass into left side of box, setting up Jill Krivacek[apos]s tying goal in 64th minute … scored go-ahead goal five minutes later, on far-post standing header (via Weissenhofer[apos]s driven cross from the right side) … capped the scoring in that #1-vs.#1 battle four minutes later, after running down loose ball and striking leftfooted shot into upper right corner of the net … one-timed Weissenhofer[apos]s cross over the charging [apos]keeper to complete 2-0 win at Michigan … battled through the box and played pass to left side as Ashley Jones converted on-timer to cap 2-0 win over Louisville … made key positional switch with Bock at halftime of showdown with 6th-ranked West Virginia, with the Irish going on to score 21 consecutive unanswered goals over the next three weeks … assisted on Hanks[apos] go-ahead goal in the WVU game (on cross to the left flank for Buczkowski) and then scored the clincher in the 87th minute, after knocking in her own point-blank rebound … scored for 3-0 lead at Providence (5-0) before assisting on first goal at 9th-ranked Villanova (pass to Hanks; ND won 4-2) … scored for 4-0 lead on Rutgers in BIG EAST title game, at UConn (4-2) – with a leaping header over her defender to connect on a rightside cross from Jones (near-post) … scored record-setting sixth career postseason first-goal in NCAA opener versus Oakland (7-1) … her career-best 11th goal of season capped 4-0 NCAA quarterfinal win over 8th-ranked Penn State (far-post header, via Hanks[apos] rightside corner) … also scored in 5-0 preseason win over Xavier and later had three two-goal games during 2007 spring season, in wins over Illinois (4-2), Drake (6-0) and Baylor (3-0; also scored in 4-1 win over Missouri).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Repeat all-BIG EAST selection (third team) while combining with Thorlakson and Hanks to form potent forward trio that totaled 56 goals and 67 assists ( fifth time that three forwards from same team named all-BIG EAST) … her 37 points (10G-17A) would have led many teams but were third on the Irish (and in BIG EAST) … the three ND players were the only teammates in the nation with 15-plus assists … improved her playmaking to rank fifth nationally in assists (17) … appeared in all 25 games, starting 20 while playing mostly forward (with time in the midfield) … scored team[apos]s first goal three times, adding four gamewinners … had pair of assists in opening win over New Hampshire (11-1; thru-ball to Thorlakson and left-flank cross to Hanks; also headed in a Thorlakson corner) … added two more assists on goals by Hanks later versus host Vermont (6-0), on another left-side cross and a deflected shot … headed in Thorlakson[apos]s right-side corner to help beat 11th-ranked Florida (4-1) … ripped shot into upper right corner to cap 4-1 win over Gonzaga (at Santa Clara) … scored on far-post shot from 16 yards for 2-0 lead on DePaul (6-0) … assisted on pair of goals versus Cincinnati (4-0), on touch pass to Carrie Dew (1-0) and right-endline cross to Hanks … set up first goal at South Florida (4-0), with leftside pass to Thorlakson … had points in 10 of final 12 games (6G-9A) … slipped thru-pass to Hanks for goal at Seton Hall, later scoring near-post goal in 7-0 win … her volley to Annie Schefter assisted on opening goal versus 10th-ranked Connecticut (4-0) … assisted on Lizzie Reed[apos]s goal versus Providence (6-0) … scored gamewinner versus Georgetown (6-1), after running onto Krivacek[apos]s thru-ball and beating [apos]keeper (2-0 lead) … assisted on two goals in BIG EAST quarterfinal rematch with GU (lunging pass to Jen Buczkowski; secondary pass on goal by Hanks) … ran onto Candace Chapman[apos]s lead pass for breakaway that opened scoring in BIG EAST final with #15 UConn (5-0) … continued strong postseason with 3G-2A in NCAAs … scored twice in NCAA opener versus Valparaiso (6-0), redirecting Thorlakson left-endline pass for third-quickest NCAA goal in Notre Dame history (3:03), later scoring on similar play after right-endline feed from Hanks … her right-flank cross assisted Schefter[apos]s header to cap 3-0 second-round win over #25 Michigan State (48:03, ND[apos]s quickest second-half goal of [apos]05) … opened scoring in third-round win over #22 Yale, trapping a chip from Thorlakson to score from close range (tapped ball to Hanks for 4-2 lead) … had pair of assists in preseason versus Butler (8-1) … scored twice in 2006 spring win over Mexican National Team (3-0), assisted by Krivacek and Hanks (also scored in 1-0 spring win over Dayton, in Ft. Wayne).

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned Soccer America first team Freshman All-America honors while becoming eighth Notre Dame freshman ever named first team all-BIG EAST … ranked fourth on team with 27 points (10G-7A), third in goals, second in game-winning goals (4) … joined 10 teammates in setting ND record for games played (27), with her 24 starts including final 12 games … sixth on BIG EAST goalscoring charts … opened scoring in team-best five games … combined with Thorlakson (1st team) and Chapman (3rd team) as fourth trio of forwards from same team to earn all-BIG EAST … had 2G-1A versus Baylor (7-2), becoming fourth ND freshman to score first goal of season (she and Boland are only ones since [apos]92) … also fourth Irish player to score team[apos]s first two goals (first since [apos]93) … knocked in deflected Thorlakson shot versus Baylor, also sliding in for shot after Thorlakson[apos]s left-endline cross and sending thru-ball to spring Chapman for far-post shot … her right-endline cross led to Buczkowski[apos]s header versus Eastern Illinois (3-0) … set up Schefter[apos]s 82nd-minute PK to beat Stanford (1-0), after hard foul from Lindsey Hunt … tracked down Buczkowski[apos]s shot off post for tap-in at Texas Tech (3-0) … named BIG EAST rookie of the week after late GWG at UConn (1-0; drilled shot to lower right, after right-endline cross from Kate Tulisiak) and assist at Syracuse (2-1; left-endline cross on Buczkowski[apos]s volley) … tackled hard to produce Thorlakson[apos]s PK versus Pittsburgh (3-1) … scored off Thorlakson[apos]s feed against Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-0) … BIG EAST offensive player of the week after game-winning and game-tying goals at Villanova (1-0; 35-yard shot from left flank into upper right corner) and Georgetown (2-1; roofed shot over [apos]keeper after leftside cross from Maggie Manning) … assisted on pair of goals at Michigan (4-0), with drop pass to Chapman and give-and-go with Thorlakson … her deep shot smacked off crossbar and led to Thorlakson[apos]s goal in BIG EAST semifinal versus Boston College (2-0, at UConn) … scored early in NCAA win over Eastern Illinois (leftfooted volley via Thorlakson[apos]s corner; also set up another PK for Thorlakson to cap 4-0 win) … … opened scoring in NCAA quarterfinal versus 4th-ranked Portland (3:42), at the time ND[apos]s quickest postseason goal since 2001 (3rd-quickest ever in NCAAs) … scored after deep leftside service from Schefter, elevating for flick header into left side (she later roofed Thorlakson[apos]s low cross from left endline for 2-0 lead; 3-1 final) … had assist and several near-goals on preseason Brazil trip … turned in strong 2005 spring season, scoring in wins over Illinois (2-1) and Michigan State.

ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Played alongside Pinnick on Olympic Development Region II team … competed with ODP Region II at 2002 tournament in Italy … one of numerous players from Notre Dame – among them Krivacek, Lorenzen, Christie Shaner, Lauren Karas, Kerry Inglis, Meotis Erikson, Amy Warner, Mary Boland and Kim Carpenter – who played for W-League[apos]s Fort Wayne Fever (summer [apos]04) that went 11-3-1 and lost to Chicago Cobras in Midwest Division title game (3-2) … joined former ND teammate Nikki Westfall on 2005 Cleveland Internationals team that finished second in W-League[apos]s Midwest Division (9-5) before losing to Charlotte Lady Eagles in playoffs … returned to Internationals in summer of 2006, as teammate of Rosen … had 4G-1A (7 GP) for 2006 Internationals team that went 9-4-1 and finished third in division (4G-2A in 9 GP during [apos]05) … played alongside her classmate Karas (guest player) with Cleveland F.C. club that reached USYS Region II quarterfinals in summer of 2005 (1-1 tie vs. Carmel Commotion featured ND classmate Susan Pinnick on opposing team) … captain of Cleveland F.C. team that won 2003 North-Ohio title … led Cleveland F.C. to five state titles in span of 10 years … named all-star at 2003 Houston Adidas Cup.

PREP & PERSONAL: Named NSCAA and Parade All-American as senior at Laurel High School (37G-26A for district champs), repeating as state player of the year … Parade All-American as a junior (40G-17A; 17-1-1 team) … three-time MVP and senior captain as basketball point guard (league MVP as senior) … served as softball centerfielder as a freshman (coaches award) … an honors student, involved in school government and volunteer work … brother Michael played youth soccer … daughter of Ronald and Rose Cinalli … full name is Amanda Marie Cinalli … born May 10, 1986, in Cleveland … a pre-professional studies major, in the College of Science.

Cinalli[apos]s Career Statistics

Year GP-GS Sh G A Pts GW
2004 27/24 69 10 5 25 4
2005 25/20 54 10 17 37 4
2006 27/24 60 11 4 26 1
2007 21/18 30 3 6 12 1
Totals 100/86 213 34 32 100 10

Postseason: 10G-7A in 33 GS
(8G-4A in 21 GS during NCAAs)