Each week Todd Civin profiles on of the members of the Boston Breakers of the WPS in his series called Meet The Breaker's: This week Civin profiles stalwart Breaker defender Amy Lepeilbet.
After Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet tore her ACL three summers ago at residency camp with the U.S. Women’s National Team, she more than likely never dreamed she would be leading the Breakers in minutes played after nine games in the current Women's Professional Soccer season.
But LePeilbet has a habit of proving critics wrong and has become the shut down defender that the Breakers hoped for when they selected her with the fourth overall pick in last October's maiden draft.
LePeilbet, 27, has played all 810 minutes that the Breakers have been on the field and has put the clamps on WPS stars such as Marta of the Los Angeles Sol and other top stars in the league.
Her backfield mate Alex Scott said this about LePeilbet on her Foxsoccer.com blog earlier this season, "I can already go on record and say this is one of the best defenders I have played alongside even though we are only six games into the league.”
“She just reads the game so well, (is) hard to beat 1v1 and I think against L.A. this week, she showed her true class.”
In International play, LePeilbet was part of the 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team player pool and trained with the team during its year-opening camp in 2008.
In 2006, the season prior to her injury she played every minute at the 2006 Four Nations Tournament on a team that only yielded one goal in three games. She also participated in the U.S. National Team’s Residency Program that season.
In 2004, she participated in three tournaments including the Algarve Cup and Olympic qualifying and won her first international cap on Jan. 30, 2004 versus Sweden.
While playing for the U-21 Women’s National Team from 2002-2003 she played in every minute of the 2002 and 2003 Nordic Cups, helping the U.S. U-21s win titles in each of the two seasons. She had an assist in the game against Iceland.
Prior to being drafted by Boston she played for the W-League Champions, Pali Blues in 2008 and was named to the W-League Championship All-Tournament Team in 2008. She was also named the MVP in the 2008 2008 W-League Championship Game. Previously she played for the W-League’s Arizona Heatwave in 2005.
As a collegiate player, the pride of Crystal Lake, Illinois started every match of her 74-game collegiate career at Arizona State and was named a Second-Team NSCAA All-American as a senior.
She helped the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA tournament as a senior.
LePeilbet scored three goals as a senior and six in her career
Over her college career she earned three First-Team All-PAC-10 Selections and was a two-time Academic All-American while majoring in Sociology with a 3.81 GPA.
Amy graduated from Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Ill. in 2000, where she earned four letters in soccer and three in basketball. She was also captain of the soccer and basketball team in 1999 and 2000 and holds school records for total goals (53) and assists (37). She is also the school record holder in basketball with a record 137 assists and 86 steals in one season.
When not shutting down would be goal scorers across the WPS, LePeilbet enjoys hiking, bike riding and snowboarding, as well as reading a good book. But when the Breakers are playing, you can expect to find LePeilbet on the field and shadowing the leagues top scorers.
Todd Civin is a freelance writer who covers the Boston Breakers of htw WPS. He can be reached for hire or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.Civin is also a supporter of "A Glove of Their Own" the award winning children's story that is capturing the heart of the nation. Please visit the site at www.agloveoftheirown.com and purchase the book under today's donor code CFP 248 Cooperstown Food Pantry.