Congratulations to FC Kansas City’s goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on being named the 2013 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year by fellow players, club officials and media.
Barnhart led the NWSL with 10 shutouts, was third in goals against average (0.95) and fifth in saves with 67.
“This is definitely an honor for to receive this award, but I think it was a team award,” said Barnhart. “A lot of the credit has to go to the players in front of me. They make my job easier.”
When delving deeper into the regular season stats, Barnhart finished the season sixth in the league for the most shots on goal faced with 86. Comparing that to the shots on goal faced by Erin McLeod (92), Hope Solo (101), Karina LeBlanc (114), Ashlynn Harris (118) and Adrianna Franch (119) and you can see why Barnhart said this was a “team award” and made sure to give them credit.
Portland Thorns FC’s Karina LeBlanc and Western New York Flash’s Adrianna Franch finished tied for second in the voting.
Barnhart’s award is the third end of the season award won by an FC Kansas City player joining Golden Boot winner Lauren Holiday and Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak.
Tomorrow the league will be announcing the Defender of the Year award winner.