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NWSL GK OF THE YEAR: NICOLE BARNHART
FCKC goalkeeper's 10 shutouts a league best
(Aug. 21, 2013) - FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was voted the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2013 NWSL season.
 
Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc finished tied for second in the voting. Franch was also second in the voting for NWSL Rookie of the Year. 
Barnhart, 31, led the NWSL with 10 shutouts (see below for complete list) and ranked third in goals against average (0.95) and fifth in saves (67).
 
The Gilbertsville, Penn. native recorded five shutouts in seven games between June 30 and July 28 - including three consecutive clean sheets in nine days against Seattle Reign FC on July 20, the Boston Breakers on July 24 and Sky Blue FC on July 28.
 
The Stanford product was also in net for the Blues’ entire league-record 10-game unbeaten run June 23 - Aug. 4.
 
Complete list of shutouts for Nicole Barnhart in the 2013 NWSL Season:
 
Shutout Date Opponent Saves Result
1 April 26 Seattle Reign FC 5 saves W 2-0
2 May 4 Seattle Reign FC 4 saves W 1-0
3 May 18 Boston Breakers 4 saves W 2-0
4 June 9 Seattle Reign FC 4 saves W 1-0
5 June 23 Washington Spirit 3 saves W 2-0
6 June 30 Portland Thorns FC 5 saves W 2-0
7 July 7 Western New York Flash 3 saves D 0-0
8 July 20 Seattle Reign FC 1 save W 2-0
9 July 24 Boston Breakers 1 save W 3-0
10 July 28 Sky Blue FC 4 saves W 1-0
 
FC Kansas City will return to action Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. ET against Portland Thorns FC at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. in the semifinals of the 2013 NWSL Playoffs live on FOX Sports 2.
 
The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.
 
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