Melissa  Amado

15Melissa Amado


Surrey, Brittish Columbia

High School:
Clayton Heights





AS A JUNIOR (2005): Appeared in 18 matches, drawing 16 starts on the back line...Scored her first collegiate goal in the 3-0, Southeastern Conference opening win over Mississippi State... Picked up the biggest assist on the season as Kylee Rossi knocked in the rebound from the "Brick Wall's" shot with 11 seconds remaining to give the Lady Vols their first victory of the season over No. 6 Virginia...Missed five games with a foot injury, mostly during the SEC season...Contributed to nine of the Lady Vols' 10 shutouts on the season...Played a significant role as the UT defense set a new program record for scoreless streaks, topping out at 418:28 from Oct. 23 through Nov. 11...Also helped during the second-longest shutout skein in team history (391:02), playing every minute in that five-match stretch...Earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her play at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): The "Brick Wall" returned to action for the NCAA Tournament matchups with Furman and UAB after dealing with a long injury layoff...Appeared in six matches in 2004 with four starting nods as part of UT's sterling defense...Did not register a point or a shot on goal during the campaign.

AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Burst onto the scene to start 23 of 24 matches in the back for UT...Credited with an assist on Lyndsey Patterson's goal at Vanderbilt, a contest that wound up in a 2-2 stalemate...Achieved All-Freshman Central Region status from Soccer Buzz Magazine, along with teammate Ali Christoph... Joined with Keeley Dowling and Marie-Eve Nault, the trio anchored the Lady Vol defense to a school-record 12 shutouts and a goals against average of 0.73.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A member of Canada's Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 National Teams, Melissa has trained with her country's full National Team on several occasions...A center on defense, she has traveled extensively with the National Team program and has competed in several matches against international opponents, including the Mexican National Team, the Japanese and United States' Under-19 squads, as well as the German and the U.S. Under-17 contingents...She served as captain of her Metro Under-17 club team, which claimed the British Columbia Provincial Championship in July 2002 and earned a silver medal at the Under-17 Canadian Nationals...In March 2001, she played up for the B.C. Canada Games Under-20 team against the University of British Columbia...Has attended National Team camps in Burnaby (B.C.), Florida, Indiana, Langley (B.C.), Montana, Texas and Victoria (B.C.) over the past several years...Traveled to a pair of Under-19 Canadian camps during her freshman year at UT, one in Trinidad, the other in Vancouver...Also earned varsity letters in basketball, track & field and volleyball...A five-time team captain on the hardwood, she brought home numerous Most Valuable Player awards and was an all-star at several tournaments...Also captained the spikers five straight seasons and collected her fair share of individual honors.

PERSONAL: Majoring in advertising...Earned Academic All-SEC honors in both 2004 and 2005...Currently serving the president of the Sudent-Athlete Advisory Committee...Maintained a 4.0 grade point average in high school and was named best all-around student...Voted as her graduating class' "Olympic Hero"...Selected as Clayton Heights' top female athlete every year...Considers biggest thrills to be putting on Canadian National Team jersey for the first time and playing her heart out representing her country...One of four players from Canada in Lady Vol history, joining former Lady Vols Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault and current sophomore midfielder Véronique Maranda...Her brother, Matt, played center on the University of Notre Dame's hockey team...Melissa Nicole Amado was born April 30, 1985, in Langley, British Columbia...Her parents are Alfredo and Vira Amado.





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