ROCKFORD, Ill. - Rockford University freshman goalkeeper Amelia Harper recently concluded a historic season in the net for the Regents. Harper etched her name in the record books not only at Rockford University, but also in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and the NCAA.
"Amelia is one of the most well-rounded players I have coached in my career," RU Head Coach Breena Proctor stated. "She has talent in so many areas of the game, a competitive drive, a natural ability to lead, and a strong core work ethic. She is a special player!"
Harper finished the 2019 season amassing an amazing 317 saves over a span of 19 matches, to average just under 17 saves per match. Her save total not only led all NCAA Division III women's soccer players, but also broke both the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and the Rockford University single-season saves records. Harper's 317 saves obliterated both the previous NACC record of 263, which was set back in 2009 by Wisconsin Lutheran's Katie Sloan, and the previous RU record of 179, set back in 2011 by Gabriela Delafuente.
"Amelia has been so fun to watch game-after-game this season," Proctor commented. "She has come up with some incredible saves in every game she has played, and as a freshman, she should be extremely proud of herself."
Harper was a model of consistency in goal for the Regents all season long. She tallied at least ten saves 16 times during the year, including 13 straight matches to end the season. Harper also recorded 20 or more saves seven times, including tying the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference single-game record with an astounding 32 saves at Aurora. Through one season, Harper is currently third on the Rockford University career saves list and is only 181 behind the RU all-time leader.
"I am eager to see where she leads this team in the future and what she will bring to the table year-after-year," Proctor remarked. "This program is lucky to have her; she is setting the bar for the type of players we want to recruit."