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WNY Flash Forward Lynn Williams Wins 2016 NWSL Golden Boot
Williams finished the season with 11 goals and five assists in 19 appearances
Lynn Williams tallied 11 goals and 5 assists in 19 appearances for the Western New York Flash. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)
Lynn Williams tallied 11 goals and 5 assists in 19 appearances for the Western New York Flash. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

National Women’s Soccer League Press Release

CHICAGO (September 26, 2016) – Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams was honored Monday as the winner of 2016 NWSL Golden Boot, awarded to the player with the most goals during the regular season.

Williams, 23, finished the season with 11 goals in 19 appearances – tied for the league lead with Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai. It was the first time in NWSL history that two players tied for the most goals in a season – with Williams edging Ohai for the Golden Boot thanks to her five assists compared to the Dash player’s four in 2016.

The Pepperdine University product scored seven more goals this year compared to the four she netted during her rookie season after she was the No. 6 overall selection in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

The 11 goals for Williams represent more than 25 percent of her team’s goals on the year – with fellow forwards Jessica McDonald and Makenzy Doniak each assisting on four of her goals as Western New York became the third team in NWSL history to average two or more goals per game for an entire season. The Flash finished the year with 40 goals in 20 games (2.00 GPG) – just behind the 2014 Reign (2.08 GPG) and 2015 Reign (2.05 GPG).

The Fresno, Calif. native had two game-winning goals during the 2016 campaign. She scored against six of the nine other teams in the league, with her six goals against the Boston Breakers the most she scored against any single opponent – and accounting for more than half of her 11 goals on the season.

See below for a complete log of Williams’ goals in the 2016 NWSL season:

Goal    Date    Opponent    Min    Assist    Result
1    May 21    Sky Blue FC    23    Makenzy Doniak    W 5-2
2    May 27    Boston Breakers    64    Michaela Hahn    W 4-0
3    May 27    Boston Breakers    65    Meredith Speck    W 4-0
4    June 24    Boston Breakers    19    Makenzy Doniak    W 7-1
5    June 24    Boston Breakers    39    Jessica McDonald    W 7-1
6    July 1    Chicago Red Stars    74    Jessica McDonald    W 2-0
7    July 9    Seattle Reign FC    83    Abby Erceg    W 3-2
8    July 30    Houston Dash    93    Jessica McDonald    D 3-3
9    Sept. 7    Boston Breakers    76    Makenzy Doniak    D 2-2
10    Sept. 11    Portland Thorns FC    80    Jessica McDonald    L 2-3
11    Sept. 24    Boston Breakers    2    Makenzy Doniak    W 4-0
The Western New York Flash face Portland Thorns FC on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. ET live on FOX Sports 1 at Providence Park in the semifinals of the 2016 NWSL Playoffs.

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