Name: Aly Clarke
Year: Class of 2019
Major: Early Childhood Education / Psychology
Aspirations: Special Education
In her own words:
“Most of my summer includes working and working out, but I got to sneak away with my family for a couple of days to go to my neighbor’s wedding in South Carolina. We rented a house and stayed with very good family friends. It was a lot of fun!”
Athletic Career: Given her first opportunity as a starter in the fall of 2017, Aly excelled by leading the Warriors in goals (10), points (21), and shots (61) and sharing the team lead in game-winning goals (3) en route to first-team All-Little East Conference recognition. After playing her freshman season at Southern Connecticut, the former southeastern Connecticut high school Player-of-the-Year at Fitch High School in Groton came off the bench in 15 matches as a sophomore at Eastern before earning a starting role last year, when she appeared in 20 matches with 15 starts and averaged 69.7 minutes per game. With Clarke, Eastern posted its third straight undefeated LEC regular season last year, finishing 9-8-3 overall. In last year’s season-opener, the 5-foot-3 inch center midfielder scored the Golden Goal – her first collegiate goal – ten minutes into overtime in a 2-1 victory over Roger Williams at the Springfield College Invitational. In last year’s LEC playoffs, Aly had a goal and assist in a 3-0 semifinal win over UMass Boston, then scored the first goal of the match with a volley at the top of the box in an eventual 2-1 overtime loss in the conference championship game. With ten goals and three assists in her career, Aly enters her final season ranked second among Clarkes in career scoring at Eastern. With the Eastern men’s soccer team, her father, Todd, totaled 14 goals and 23 assists from 1986-88 under former coach John Fitzgerald, and her uncle, Kirk, played three scoreless matches as Todd’s teammate in 1986.