#5 Amanda Cinalli
Consummate team player who quietly fashioneda stellar career that saw her register 100 points in100 games played … followed 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 andoff the field) who joined hockey captain T.J. Jindraas the 2007 recipients of athletic department[apos]sFrancis Patrick O[apos]Connor Award (which recognizestraits such as team spirit and inspiration) … provento be equally as effective playing forward ormidfield for the Irish … invaluable member of theteam who does all the ‘little things’ with regularity… has very quick turn on the ball that results indrawing hard fouls and PKs … a tremendouscreator off the dribble, as a crafty and deceptiveplayer with an assortment of moves … tough toknock off the ball, combining sturdy frame withsmooth play … proven competitor with wealth oftop-level youth experience, in addition to spendingpast four summers in the W-League … Ranks 16thon Notre Dame career scoring list with 100 points(32 goals, 34 assists) … The 16th player to reach100-point milestone … ranks fourth in ND historywith 100 career GP … became the 12th player inprogram history with at least 30G-30A … one ofseven Irish players ever to post five or more pointsin a game versus a top-25 opponent (5/2G-1A, in[apos]06 vs. Santa Clara) … ranks 11th on Notre Damelists for career postseason points (27, in 33 GS) …has opened the scoring (‘first-goals’) in postseasongames more times than any previous Irish player(6), while her four career game-winning goals inpostseason play are one shy of that ND record …her 20 career points in the NCAAs (8G-4A) aretied for fourth best in ND history … owns NDrecord for career first-goals in the NCAAs (5) …scored pair of gamewinners in 2004 NCAAs (oneshy of ND record) … shares Irish record for gamesplayed in a season (27, in [apos]04 and [apos]06) and is one ofonly four to play 27 in multiple seasons … hasdelivered two game-winning goals and a gamewinningassist in her career versus BIG EAST rivalConnecticut … member of United States Under-21National Team (which is transitioning to U-23status) … joined ND teammates Hanks, Bock andWeissenhofer on U-21 team that played over springbreak in Manchester, England (March 13-15, 2007)… joined Weissenhofer on 18-player U.S. U-21sthat won 2007 Nordic Cup (July 12-25, in Finland)while facing European U-23 squads … previously athree-year veteran of the U.S. youth soccer teams(2002-04), playing alongside Notre Dame classmateSusan Pinnick on Under-17 National Team …served as captain for U-17 team in 2003 gameversus Germany (Bradenton, Fla.), registering pairof assists in that win … played versus WUSA[apos]s SanDiego Spirit in stint with U.S. Under-19s … earliercompeted with U.S. U-16s during 2002tournament in Paris… graduated in May 2008, witha bachelor[apos]s degree in pre-professional studies.
AS A SENIOR:Was named to the Final-15watch list for the Herman Trophy (Player of theYear) … named a fourth team Soccer Buzz All-American … NSCAA All-Great Lakes Regionsecond Team All-American … Named a first-teamGreat Lakes Region All-American by Soccer Buzz… garnered 2007 BIG EAST All-Tournament Teamhonors … named to the Notre Dame Classic All-Tournament team … finished the season with threegoals and six assists for 12 points … versatileoffensive player who started at forward in firstthree games (Michigan, Florida and Santa Clara)before shifting to midfield for next three (vs.Stanford, Princeton and Oklahoma State) …returned to starting forward role in 4-0 win overDePaul and 2-1 loss to Penn State … her absencefor most of Stanford game limited the ND offensein that 2-1 OT loss (she played only the first 20minutes before leaving after a collision in the air)… did not start the next game vs. Princeton butmade the most out of her 59 minutes, matching hercareer-high totals for goals (2) and points (5) …scored on a one-timer leftfooted shot from top ofthe box to tie game vs. the Tigers (1-1; won 4-2)just a couple minutes after checking in … also hadright-endline cross on header by Kerri Hanks thatopened scoring vs. DePaul (4-0) and then fed ballto Hanks to open scoring vs. PSU … knocked in adeflected shot by Hanks for only goal in 1-0 winat Louisville … two days later, her run down the leftside and deflected shot set up Rose Augustin[apos]s farpostgoal that opened the scoring vs. Cincinnati (6-1) … that assist made her the 12th ND player everto reach 30G-30A in her career (34G-32A) … herdeflected shot assisted on rebound goal by MicheleWeissenhofer to open scoring in NCAA secondround vs. Illinois (2-0) … showed her postseasonpoise with another gamewinning assist inquarterfinals vs. Duke (3-2), winning ball inattacking third and leading Hanks into space onright side (Hanks then sent home the far-postshot).
AS A JUNIOR:Named to NSCAA all-GreatLakes Region second team while receiving all-BIGEAST honors for third time in career (secondteam) … finished fourth on team in scoring with26 points (11G-4A) while ranking seventh inpoints among BIG EAST players and fifth in goals… tied Irish record – one she already shared – forgames played in a season (27, with 24 starts) … herheader goal after a corner-kick tied early game at24th-ranked Mississippi (2-1) … named offensiveMVP of Notre Dame[apos]s Inn at Saint Mary[apos]s Classic- and also the Soccer America national player ofthe week – after scoring on a flying header toclinch 2-0 win over 19th-ranked USC (viaWeissenhofer[apos]s flip-throw, in 83rd minute) beforefactoring into all three goals as Irish came back tobeat fellow number-one ranked Santa Clara (3-1)… drew the SCU defense to her before sliding passinto left side of box, setting up Jill Krivacek[apos]s tyinggoal in 64th minute … scored go-ahead goal fiveminutes later, on far-post standing header (viaWeissenhofer[apos]s driven cross from the right side) …capped the scoring in that #1-vs.#1 battle fourminutes later, after running down loose ball andstriking leftfooted shot into upper right corner ofthe net … one-timed Weissenhofer[apos]s cross over thecharging [apos]keeper to complete 2-0 win at Michigan… battled through the box and played pass to leftside as Ashley Jones converted on-timer to cap 2-0win over Louisville … made key positional switchwith Bock at halftime of showdown with 6thrankedWest Virginia, with the Irish going on toscore 21 consecutive unanswered goals over thenext three weeks … assisted on Hanks[apos] go-aheadgoal in the WVU game and then scored theclincher in the 87th minute, after knocking in herown point-blank rebound … scored for 3-0 lead atProvidence (5-0) before assisting on first goal at9th-ranked Villanova (pass to Hanks; ND won 4-2)… scored for 4-0 lead on Rutgers in BIG EASTtitle game, at UConn (4-2) – with a leaping headerover her defender to connect on a rightside crossfrom Jones (near-post) … scored record-settingsixth career postseason first-goal in NCAA openerversus Oakland (7-1) … her career-best 11th goalof season capped 4-0 NCAA quarterfinal win over8th-ranked Penn State (far-post header, via Hanks[apos]rightside corner)
AS A SOPHOMORE:Repeat all-BIG EASTselection (third team) while combining withThorlakson and Hanks to form potent forward triothat totaled 56 goals and 67 assists ( fifth time thatthree forwards from same team named all-BIGEAST) … her 37 points (10G-17A) were third onthe Irish (and in BIG EAST) … the three NDplayers were the only teammates in the nation with15-plus assists … improved her playmaking to rankfifth nationally in assists (17) … appeared in all 25games, starting 20 while playing mostly forward(with time in the midfield) … scored team[apos]s firstgoal three times, adding four gamewinners … hadpair of assists in opening win over New Hampshire(11-1; thru-ball to Thorlakson and left-flank crossto Hanks; also headed in a Thorlakson corner) …added two more assists on goals by Hanks laterversus host Vermont (6-0), on another left-sidecross and a deflected shot … headed inThorlakson[apos]s right-side corner to help beat 11thrankedFlorida (4-1) … ripped shot into upperright corner to cap 4-1 win over Gonzaga (at SantaClara) … scored on far-post shot from 16 yards for2-0 lead on DePaul (6-0) … set up first goal atSouth Florida (4-0), with leftside pass toThorlakson … had points in 10 of final 12 games(6G-9A) … slipped thru-pass to Hanks for goal atSeton Hall, later scoring near-post goal in 7-0 win… her volley to Annie Schefter assisted on openinggoal versus 10th-ranked Connecticut (4-0) …scored gamewinner versus Georgetown (6-1), afterrunning onto Krivacek[apos]s thru-ball and beating[apos]keeper (2-0 lead) … assisted on two goals in BIGEAST quarterfinal rematch with GU … ran ontoCandace Chapman[apos]s lead pass for breakaway thatopened scoring in BIG EAST final with #15UConn (5-0) … continued strong postseason with3G-2A in NCAAs … scored twice in NCAAopener versus Valparaiso (6-0), redirectingThorlakson left-endline pass for third-quickestNCAA goal in Notre Dame history (3:03), laterscoring on similar play after right-endline feedfrom Hanks … her right-flank cross assistedSchefter[apos]s header to cap 3-0 second-round winover #25 Michigan State (48:03, ND[apos]s quickestsecond-half goal of [apos]05) … opened scoring in thirdroundwin over #22 Yale, trapping a chip fromThorlakson to score from close range … scoredtwice in 2006 spring win over Mexican NationalTeam (3-0).
AS A FRESHMAN: Earned Soccer Americafirst team Freshman All-America honors whilebecoming eighth Notre Dame freshman evernamed first team all-BIG EAST … ranked fourthon team with 27 points (10G-7A), third in goals,second in game-winning goals (4) … joined 10teammates in setting ND record for games played(27), with her 24 starts including final 12 games …sixth on BIG EAST goalscoring charts … openedscoring in team-best five games … combined withThorlakson (1st team) and Chapman (3rd team) asfourth 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 ofseason (she and Boland are only ones since [apos]92) …also fourth Irish player to score team[apos]s first twogoals (first since [apos]93) … knocked in deflectedThorlakson shot versus Baylor, also sliding in forshot after Thorlakson[apos]s left-endline cross andsending thru-ball to spring Chapman for far-postshot … her right-endline cross led to Buczkowski[apos]sheader versus Eastern Illinois (3-0) … set upSchefter[apos]s 82nd-minute PK to beat Stanford (1-0),after hard foul … tracked down Buczkowski[apos]s shotoff post for tap-in at Texas Tech (3-0) … named BIGEAST rookie of the week after late GWG atUConn (1-0; drilled shot to lower right, after rightendlinecross from Kate Tulisiak) and assist atSyracuse (2-1; left-endline cross on Buczkowski[apos]svolley) … scored off Thorlakson[apos]s feed againstWisconsin-Green Bay (4-0) … BIG EAST offensiveplayer of the week after game-winning and gametyinggoals at Villanova (1-0; 35-yard shot from leftflank into upper right corner) and Georgetown (2-1; roofed shot over [apos]keeper after leftside cross fromMaggie Manning) … assisted on pair of goals atMichigan (4-0) … her deep shot smacked offcrossbar and led to Thorlakson[apos]s goal in BIG EASTsemifinal versus Boston College (2-0, at UConn) …scored early in NCAA win over Eastern Illinois(leftfooted volley via Thorlakson[apos]s corner; also setup another PK for Thorlakson to cap 4-0 win) …… opened scoring in NCAA quarterfinal versus4th-ranked Portland (3:42), at the time ND[apos]squickest postseason goal since 2001 (3rd-quickestever in NCAAs) … scored after deep leftside servicefrom Schefter, elevating for flick header into leftside (she later roofed Thorlakson[apos]s low cross fromleft endline for 2-0 lead; 3-1 final) … had assist andseveral near-goals on preseason Brazil trip.
PREP & PERSONAL: Named NSCAA andParade All-American as senior at Laurel HighSchool (37G-26A for district champs), repeating asstate player of the year … Parade All-American as ajunior (40G-17A; 17-1-1 team) … three-time MVPand senior captain as basketball point guard (leagueMVP as senior) … served as softball centerfielder asa freshman (coaches award) … an honors student,involved in school government and volunteer work… brother Michael played youth soccer … daughterof Ronald and Rose Cinalli … full name is AmandaMarie Cinalli … born May 10, 1986, in Cleveland,Ohio.
Cinalli[apos]s Career Statistics
Postseason: 10G-7A in 33 GS(8G-4A in 21 GS during NCAAs)