Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association.
Bledsoe, 26, recorded her third and fourth shutouts of the season, leading the Spirit to back-to-back scoreless draws against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ June 8 and Seattle Reign FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. June 16.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native made several outstanding saves, including one in the 45th minute when she came off her line to deny a point-blank attempt by Sky Blue FC forward Katie Johnson. Bledsoe came up big again in the 58th minute, diving to her left to deny a low shot from forward Shea Groom as well as two late shots in the 88th and 89th minutes. (Watch highlights)
The NWSL saves leader enjoyed another impressive performance this time against Seattle, saving six shots while facing 17 total shots. She recorded several vital saves in the second half, including denying a penalty kick from Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe in the 52nd minute. (Watch highlights)
Bledsoe played all 180 minutes of both games and finished with 13 saves on 37 shots, according to Opta.
It is the first time Bledsoe has been honored as the player of the week and the 14th time a Spirit has won the award.
The Spirit will return to action against the Orlando Pride in the NWSL Game of the Week on ESPNEWS at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. Saturday at 7 p.m.
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