Ashlyn Harris named 2016 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year
Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was named the 2016 National Women's Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year on Tuesday.
Harris finished the season with 62 saves and a 1.33 goals against average in 15 appearances for the expansion Pride. She recorded four shutouts and accrued a 5-9-1 record as Orlando's hot start fizzled to a ninth-place finish (19 pts.) in the 10-team NWSL.
Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos and Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who is Harris' U.S. teammate, were also finalists for the award. Betos finished the season with nine wins, four shutouts, 50 saves and a 1.14 goals against average for the Shield-winning Thorns. Naeher tied for the league lead with six shutouts and a 1.00 goals against average to help Chicago qualify for the playoffs. Naeher and the Chicago back line set a then-record with 485 consecutive shutout minutes from April 16 to May 22.
FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart led the league with 83 saves and registered a 1.00 goals against average while playing every minute for her club.
Harris' 1.33 GAA ties her career best, set in 2015 as a member of the Washington Spirit. She was acquired by Orlando in the Expansion Draft. Harris was the alternate goalkeeper for the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics and was part of the 2015 World Cup-winning team.
Barnhart won the inaugural award in 2013. Naeher, then with Boston, won it in 2014 and Betos won the award in 2015.
The NWSL awards are voted on by club officials, players, media that cover the league on a consistent basis and fans.