Alyssa Naeher made 12 saves in the 1-1 draw with North Carolina. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association, it was announced Tuesday.
Naeher, 30, lead her club to a 1-1 draw on the road against the North Carolina Courage Sunday rebounding from a 2-0 loss earlier in the week to the Orlando Pride. The Red Stars are 3-0-1 against the Courage.
The Bridgeport, Conn. native made several fabulous saves including ibe in the 17th minute off a 25-yard blast from Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni. In the 49th minute, Naeher came off her line to stop a point-blank attempt by forward Crystal Dunn. She also parried away a low driven shot by Courage midfielder Samantha Mewis in the 56th minute and a spinning half-volley by Dunn in the 66th minute.
The only shot the Penn State product did not stop was an 82nd minute strike by Zerboni from just outside the six-yard box.
The U.S. international played all 90 minutes of the game and set a club record with 12 saves on 42 shots (15 on goal).
It is the fourth time Naeher has been honored as the NWSL player of the week, with her previous accolades in Week 5 of the 2016 season, Week 17 of the 2015 season and Week 18 of the 2014 season. It is the eleventh time a member of the Red Stars has won the award.
The Red Stars return to action against the Houston Dash at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.