Lynn Williams of the Western New York Flash voted NWSL MVP

The 23-year-old finished the 2016 season with 11 goals in 19 appearances

The NWSL announced on Thursday that Western New York forward Lynn Williams was named the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2016 NWSL season.

The former Pepperdine University player ended the NWSL regular season with 11 goals in 19 appearances, a number tied with Houston Dash's Kealia Ohai for most goals in the league. Despite the tie with Ohai, Williams also won the NWSL Golden Boot for 2016 thanks to her five assists on the year; Ohai registered four assisted in 2016.

Following in the footsteps of FC Kansas City's Lauren Holiday (2013), Seattle Reign's Kim Little (2014), and Washington Spirit's Crystal Dunn (2015), this is the fourth successive year that the NWSL Golden Boot winner has won the MVP award.

Along with being named the MVP and winning the Golden Boot, Williams led the NWSL in 2016 with shots (70), placed second in shots on goal with 34, and landed in fourth in assists with 5.

Williams and the Western New York Flash will take on 2015's MVP Crystal Dunn and the Washington Spirit in the 2016 NWSL Championship match on Sunday, Oct. 9 in Houston.

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