Sodhi Named A-10 Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Amani Sodhi’s storybook week continues.
The Davidson senior goalkeeper has been named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.
The honor is the first of her career, and she’s the first Wildcat to secure a weekly A-10 award in two seasons.
Sodhi, from Crestwood, Ky., stepped out of the reserve role and made her second career start Sunday. She made three saves, including a key one-on-one stop in transition, in the Wildcats’ 4-1 win over Ball State.
That followed her four-save performance in the second half against No. 9 Saint Joseph’s on Friday, when she surrendered just one goal to the league’s top team.
Coach Zoe Almquist was excited to hear the news Monday, as one of the team’s role players earned recognition for stepping up.
“Amani has embodied this concept we have on our team of holding the rope for each other,” said Almquist. “She is a leader, and even in moments where she hasn’t liked her role, she’s accepted it and still worked to keep pushing herself and our team in practice. She is steady and present. And so Friday when the situation necessitated a change, she was ready. She stepped up big when her teammates needed her and kept us in the game yesterday — again when we needed it most. Her teammates really rallied around that momentum she created, and it was a huge day for our team. She took her opportunity and ran with it, and I couldn’t be more proud of Amani and her well-deserved honor.”
Sodhi is just the second Davidson defensive player to receive an A-10 weekly honor, joining former goalkeeper Emily Leytham, who was recognized in 2015.
Sodhi and the Wildcats return to action Friday, Oct. 28 when they visit A-10 foe Saint Louis.