Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc voted NWSL Player of the Week
Posted on 25 June 2013 in Around the Soccer World
Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper and Canadian international Karina LeBlanc was voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 11 of the 2013 NWSL season.
LeBlanc, 33, made a season-high seven saves, including two in second-half stoppage time, to help her team earn a 0:0 draw with league-leading Sky Blue FC - which are level with Portland on points but currently hold the tiebreaker over the Thorns by virtue of their better head-to-head record.
It was the second consecutive shutout and sixth of the season for the American-born Canada international goalkeeper, tied for the most in the NWSL with Brittany Cameron of Sky Blue FC.
LeBlanc has made the second most saves (45) in the league this year, just one behind Cameron - and her 0.64 GAA is the best in the NWSL.
A graduate of Nebraska, she is the first Thorns FC player to be voted the NWSL Player of the Week while teammate Christine Sinclair earned the Player of the Month honor in April.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis.