Solo Named WPS Goalkeeper Of The Year
Sept. 3, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Women's Pro Soccer League (WPS) celebrated its inaugural season over the weekend, handing out the year-end awards on Saturday night and putting on the WPS All-Star Game presented by the Coast Guard Sunday at Anheuser-Busch Park, home of Saint Louis Athletica.
One of the award winners was Athletica goalkeeper and former Husky Hope Solo, who was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year. Solo entered WPS shouldering the unofficial title of best goalkeeper in the world after leading the Unites States to gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and she finished year one in the same position. No goalkeeper earned more points for her team in 2009 than Solo, who combines tactical instinct with athletic prowess better than anyone. Her save on Kerri Hanks in the Super Semifinal would have been legendary had it propelled Athletica into the final.
Solo helped the Athletica to a second-place finish in the regular season standings and an automatic berth in the Super Semifinal. There, the Athletica were unable to get on the board and Saint Louis fell to eventual WPS champion Sky Blue FC, 1-0.
Solo was also named to the first-ever WPS All-Star team, leading the league in fan votes.
Marta, from Brazil, was the big winner at the awards dinner, taking Michelle Akers Player of the Year honors as the league's Most Valuable Player to accompany her Golden Boot for leading the league in goals.
To see a video of Solo's acceptance speech at the WPS awards banquet, click here.