The Irish enjoy a decisive 3-0 victory on Sunday afternoon, as a part of the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic.
Four-year monogram winner ... versatile defensive standout who spent time as a holding midfielder, center back and right back, playing both as a starter and reserve ... appeared in 101 of a possible 106 games in her Notre Dame career, tying for fourth on program's all-time games played list ... known for intense leadership, tenacious ball-winning and unending competitiveness ... often played outside the spotlight with intensity and toughness that has been hallmark of several Notre Dame enforcers in recent seasons, most notably current Canadian National Team member Melissa Tancredi ... fearless defender with deceptive ability on the ball ... seamlessly blended athletic and academic excellence, earning ESPN Academic All-District honors in 2007, dean's list recognition twice (fall 2007, spring 2009) and NSCAA First-Team Scholar All-Central Region accolades in the fall of 2009 ... also was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection ... was a long-time teammate of classmate (and 2010 WPS draft pick) Michele Weissenhofer and 2009 graduate (and current member of WPS' Washington Freedom) Brittany Bock, helping maintain the tradition of extraordinary talent that has migrated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., and the Eclipse Select club program to Notre Dame ... she and Weissenhofer grew up in same neighborhood, attended same middle school/high school and played on several teams together (Brazil Girls, Eclipse, ODP) ... one of 18 Illinois natives to play for Notre Dame through the 2009 season.
AS A SENIOR: Was significant contributor at defensive midfield position for Notre Dame, playing in all 26 games and starting 19 times, including the final 17 contests of the season when the Irish posted a 15-1-1 record with 11 shutouts ... chalked up career highs of two goals, five points and 25 shots (eight on goal) ... her first goal of the season was important first-half insurance tally in victory over Providence (2-0); she also had a career-high six shots (four on goal) in the game ... was credited with the primary assist on Taylor Knaack's 11th-minute goal in a nationally-televised Senior Night win over #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0) ... picked perfect time for her first career postseason goal, netting the gamewinner off a cross by Erica Iantorno with less than 20 minutes left in the BIG EAST title-game victory over #rv/10 Marquette (2-1) ... her late-game dramatics earned her a place on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team ... started all five NCAA Tournament games, helping Notre Dame to its fourth consecutive College Cup berth, matching the run by the 1994-97 Irish squads.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 22 games including four as a starter ... had three points on the year ... registered an assist in Notre Dame's season-opening 7-0 win versus Michigan ... scored a goal in Notre Dame's 5-0 win versus SMU ... for the year, she was one of a record-setting 19 players to score ... her starts came in wins against #12 Duke, DePaul, Louisville and Providence ... played midfield in all four of those starts ... played important minutes in the NCAA Championship versus Toledo (first round) and Florida State (quarterfinals) ... her 16 minutes versus #6 FSU helped the Irish shutout the Seminoles, 2-0, to secure a berth in the 2008 College Cup ... also recorded seven shots on the season, four of which were on goal.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 26 games for the Irish, starting 25 ... played primarily as a defensive midfielder (18 starts) ... named to ESPN Academic All-District V Second Team ... also played back for Notre Dame, including a two-game stint at center back (alongside Carrie Dew) during the Inn at St. Mary's Classic versus Princeton and Oklahoma State ... also started three games at right back ... notched an assist in Notre Dame's NCAA first round win against Loyola-Chicago ... had strong all-around defensive game in NCAA round-of-16 win at #4 North Carolina, while playing lead role in holding potent attacking midfielder Yael Averbuch in check ... also played pivotal role in exhibition tie vs. UNC (2-2), as free-kick service from midfield found Kerri Hanks for tying goal at 78:17.
AS A FRESHMAN: Filled variety of roles while being one of eight to appear in all 27 games (tying ND record shared by members of 2004 team) ... her 14 starts included stints at central back, defensive midfielder and right back ... helped Irish rack up 583-160 season shot advantage (avg. 21.6-5.9) and allow only 2.11 shots on goal/gm (ND record) ... started first four games alongside Kim Lorenzen as central backs (because of Dew's absence) ... opened scoring against No. 19 USC (only points of season), after racing into left side of box and heading a Weissenhofer flip-throw into far-right sidenetting ... made another start as center back at SMU (3-0) and six more regular-season starts as defensive midfielder ... a new position was open when the NCAAs began, as left back Christie Shaner missed three starts due to illness ... started at right back in NCAA Tournament, versus Oakland (7-1), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1-0) and 14th-ranked Colorado (3-0) ... gained College Cup final-weekend experience in semifinal win over No. 5 Florida State (2-1) and title game against fellow No. 1 North Carolina (1-2).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of Olympic Development Region II team from 2004-05 (player pool '03-'06) ... toured Europe with ODP Region II ... played for Illinois state ODP team from 2001-06, teaming with Weissenhofer and Bock on squad that reached 2005 national semifinals ... played internationally with 2004 ODP team ... competed along with Weissenhofer and Courtney Rosen at 2006 U-19 regional (Home Depot Center) ... captain for Eclipse Select that won 2004 and '05 USYS club national titles (narrowly missed '06 title game) ... Eclipse were one of two teams among 48 at 2006 nationals that had won '04 and '05 titles ... the 2005 nationals in Orlando saw Eclipse beat Calif.-based Slammers (2-0) and tie CASL (N.C.) Spartan Elite (1-1) before losing to PDA (N.J.) Wildcats (2-3) ... Eclipse won rematch with PDA in '05 title game (3-1) ... earlier helped Eclipse win U-16 title in 2004 (beat Slammers in final), after regional final win over Carmel in double-OT ('03 regional finalist) ... scored in first two games at 2006 U-18 nationals (Des Moines, Iowa) while facing pair of ND signees, defender Haley Ford (3-3 vs. Dallas Texans) and 'keeper Kelsey Lysander (2-0 vs. San Diego Surf) ... a 2-1 loss to PDA Wildcats resulted in Eclipse and Texans tying for final spot in '06 title game ... helped Eclipse post 28-1 scoring edge at 2006 Region II tournament: 7-0 versus Sparta Velocity (Neb.) and Vardastars (Mich.), 4-1 quarterfinal versus KC Metro Dynamos (Kan.), and 5-0 wins in semifinal (Ohio Internationals, with Rosen) and final (Carmel Cyclones; Rachel VanderGenutgen) ... returned with Eclipse to regionals in 2007 (U-19s), opening with 7-0 win over Dakota Impact (S.D.) before 2-1 loss to St. Louis SC, 7-0 win over Tsunami Sota (Minn.) and 2-1 loss to Cyclones in semifinals ... helped Eclipse win 2004 WAGS and Raleigh tournaments and 2005 Disney Showcase ('06 finalist, lost to Texans) ... played for Team Chicago from 1999-2003 ('01 captain), with 2001-03 teams winning regional titles ('03 Surf Cup runnerup/Raleigh Shootout champs; '02 Raleigh champ/WAGS runner-up; '01 Nike Cup/WAGS champs) ... played for NSA club from '97-'99.
PREP & PERSONAL: A 2006 NSCAA youth All-American who captained Neuqua Valley High School as a senior ... teamed with Bock and Weissenhofer on team that capped 2005 state-title season (27-2-1) with comeback against two-time defending champ New Trier, erasing 3-0 halftime deficit (6-3) ... defensive MVP of back line that helped total 16-6 shot edge in title game ... had corner-kick assist on Weissenhofer goal in 2005 state quarterfinal versus Barrington (5-1), before losing to New Trier ... all-state, all-area, all-academic and team MVP as a senior ... also all-section in 2004 for regional champs ... helped NVHS win first of four straight conference titles and reach state quarterfinals in 2003 (9G-19A, as a freshman) ... member of team that won 2002 regional and national 3-v-3 titles ... also captained NVHS basketball team as a sophomore point guard ... owned 4.33 GPA as member of National Honor Society and Indiana Prairie Scholar ... brother Chris played soccer at Santa Clara, mother Jill was a basketball player at Missouri and grandfather Joe Kopnisky played football at West Virginia (uncle Jack Kopnisky also was a college football player) ... full name is Amanda Crystine Clark ... daughter of Tim and Jill Clark ... born Sept. 15, 1987, in St. Louis ... graduated in May 2010 from the Mendoza College of Business with her bachelor's degree in marketing and sociology with an outstanding ______ cumulative GPA ... earned dean's list honors in fall 2007 and spring 2009 ... was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree (2007-10).