The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Wednesday that Portland Thorns FC’s Adrianna Franch was voted as the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year. Looking at her stats, the award is definitely well-deserved.
She finished 2017 with 80 saves and a 0.83 goals against average, which was the best average in the NWSL this year. The Kansas native also set a new single-season record for most clean sheets (11) while helping the Thorns reach a 14-5-5 record before winning the NWSL championship.
But there are many reasons why the 26-year-old is having one of the best years of her life. Here are five reasons we should celebrate the young goalkeeper:
1. She finally won her first league title
In 2013, Franch had been a member of the Western New York Flash, which won the NWSL Shield in 2013 but lost the championship match to Portland the same year. The following season, Franch tore her ACL and missed most of 2014. She then spent a year playing in Norway before signing with the Thorns as a backup keeper. Now Franch has matured and is defending the net better than ever. What’s more, she has snagged the title that slipped through her hands four years ago.
2. She got engaged
Earlier this month, Franch proposed to her partner Emily Boscacci and said these sweet words:
“I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have you stand by my side and I by yours for the rest of our lives!” she said on Instagram. “I will give you everything I am, have, and want to be!”
Couldn't have said it better myself my dear but about you! 😉😍 So thankful! #Repost @emboss23 (@get_repost) ・・・ … because it's #nationalcomingoutday and I want to recognize the courageous and brave people who stood (and stand) up for what's right (equal rights) so I can marry this beautiful soul 🌈✨#thankful #bridestobe
3. She made amazing saves
Franch has won multiple Save of the Week awards, including this play where she tipped a rocket over the goalpost.
4. She won a community service award
A day after she got engaged, Franch won a community service award from the Portland Timbers and Thorns’ community outreach program called Stand Together. The program is an initiative to empower youth through soccer.
We also want to nominate Franch for the “Best Bowtie Award.”
Smile if you had fun at The 2017 @ptstandtogether Banquet this weekend!! 😁😁 . . . What a night! I am thankful and honored to have received the Community MVP award. Thank you @ptstandtogether for all you do for our community #unite #community #volunteer #giveback . . . @jgleeson90 = Best Dressed! #style #dapper #gkunion #keeper . . . I think it got a little intense at the foosball tables 🤔🙃… Okay maybe I got a little intense 😂😂 so much fun! #competitive #intensity. . . Thank you @emboss23 for being my plus one! #engaged #futurewife #moretocome
5. She has defenders she loves and who love her back
After Portland won the NWSL championship on Saturday, Franch gave her defenders Bounty dryer sheets for helping her earn so many shutouts this season. Her defenders went nuts.
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) October 15, 2017
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Franch may not have had a national team call up in a while, but after her fantastic year in the NWSL, Coach Jill Ellis may need to dial her number.