Women’s Pro Soccer Player Amanda Cinalli ’04 Inspires Students at Opening Convocation ~
Saint Louis Athletica’s Amanda Cinalli was introduced to Laurel students as one of the first honorees in Laurel School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Amanda took time out of her busy playing schedule to address students at the back-to-school assembly and shared memories of her time spent at Laurel: “My time here at Laurel was very special to me. The community you are all a part of compares to no other. The willingness and the dedication that the teachers and staff members have to help you grow and learn as both a student and person are what make this school so unique. You can’t count the number of doors that will be opened to you all when you graduate, you just have to have the courage and confidence in your abilities to step through those doors and make the best of the situation you find yourself in.”
Amanda Cinalli began her journey at Laurel in 2000, back when she entered the Ninth Grade. She made an immediate impact on the athletic program and was a four-year letter winner on the basketball and varsity soccer teams. Amanda was the MVP at Laurel three separate times, an All-American, and eventually became the #1 Soccer recruit in all of Ohio.
After Laurel, Amanda signed a Division I scholarship to play soccer at the University of Notre Dame, where she registered 100 points in 100 games. She helped Notre Dame win the Division I National Championship in 2004, and during her senior year, Amanda captained the team entirely by herself. She also represented the United States on the Under-21 National Team when it won the Nordic Cup in July of 2007. This past summer Amanda completed her first season playing professional soccer for the Saint Louis Athleticas where she helped lead her team to the first-ever Women’s Pro Soccer (WPS) Super-Semifinal.
Amanda was inducted into Laurel’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in June but was unable to attend the induction ceremony as the Athleticas were competing that night. At the Opening Convocation she was presented with her award. “Our Hall of Fame inductees epitomize the scholar/athlete that Laurel strives to support and promote,” stresses Ann V. Klotz, Head of School. “Girls need athletics and the self-confidence that grows from playing a sport. They learn the responsibilities and benefits that come with teamwork and fair play and develop the leadership skills, discipline and resilience that serve them well in their academic work and throughout their lives. Amanda is clearly one of the best soccer players in this country, but her accomplishments off the field are just as impressive. Amanda is an amazing person and one of the finest examples of what it means to be a Laurel girl.”
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