originally published 10/3/11 - Reinhardt University women’s soccer players Katherine Amatulli (right) and Kaleigh Clarke (left) were named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their play from Sept. 28-Oct. 2. It marks the second time that Amatulli has earned the weekly conference honor this year while Clarke is a first-time recipient.
Amatulli, a 5-foot-2 senior forward from Roswell, Ga., led Reinhardt to a convincing 3-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over Milligan College in the Lady Eagles’ only game last week. She scored the first two goals of the match within the first quarter of the contest as Reinhardt extended its winning streak to five games and unbeaten run to eight, the longest in school history.
Amatulli has started all 10 matches this season and tops the Lady Eagles in points (17), goals (seven), game-winning goals (four) and shots on goal (26). She is also tied for the team lead in shots with 37.
Within the AAC, Amatulli is currently leading in game-winning goals per game at 0.40. She is tied for first in total game-winning goals and ranks tied for third in total points, fourth in shots on goal per game (2.60), tied for fourth in total goals, fifth in total shots on goal, tied for fifth in points per game (1.70) and tied for fifth in goals per game (0.70).
A 5-foot-7 freshman goalkeeper out of Woodstock, Ga., Clarke played all 90 minutes in goal against Milligan. She recorded the shutout while making three saves.
Clarke has seen action in five contests with three starts in 2011. She has posted two shutouts and combined on two others while putting together a goals-against average of .240. In 380 minutes, Clarke has collected 21 saves and allowed just one goal for a save percentage of .955.
With her limited play, Clarke does not qualify to be ranked among the conference leaders in most statistical categories. However, she does rank ninth in total saves.
Reinhardt is 7-1-2 overall and in first place in the AAC at 3-0-0. The Lady Eagles are on the road for a conference match with Tennessee Wesleyan College this Wednesday in Athens, Tenn. The game is set for 2 p.m. with the Reinhardt-Tennessee Wesleyan men’s contest following at 4 p.m.
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