The National Women’s Soccer League announced that Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe has been named the 2021 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year.
The honor marks the Cincinnati, Ohio native’s second-straight Goalkeeper of the Year award, having been tabbed the league’s top goaltender following the 2019 regular season.
Starting in all 22 of the regular-season matches she appeared in, Bledsoe registered a 79.8 percent distribution rate and a 78.8 percent save clip, saving 78 shots throughout the year. Bledsoe, who anchored a defense that conceded less than a goal a game, also recorded seven shutouts.
She shined especially bright in October, recording 20 saves and notching three clean sheets to lead the Spirit to an undefeated 4-0-1 record during the month, landing her a spot on the October Team of the Month.
NJ/NY Gotham FC keeper Kailen Sheridan and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Bella Bixby finished second and third in voting this year, respectively.
The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.
Preliminary Round: Players (50%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%) and Media (25%)
Final Round: Players (50%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Fans (10%)
Full list of NWSL Goalkeepers of the Year
2013: Nicole Barnhart, FC Kansas City
2014: Alyssa Naeher, Boston Breakers
2015: Michelle Betos, Portland Thorns FC
2016: Ashlyn Harris, Orlando Pride
2017: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC
2018: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC
2019: Aubrey Bledsoe, Washington Spirit
2021: Aubrey Bledsoe, Washington Spirit
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