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San Diego’s Kailen Sheridan wins NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year

Kailen Sheridan anchored the expansion club through a stellar first season. (Ray Acevedo/USA TODAY Sports)

Kailen Sheridan is the 2022 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year.

The 27-year-old anchored the San Diego Wave throughout the expansion club’s first season, and she becomes the first Wave player to receive a postseason award from the league.

Star striker Alex Morgan, rookie defender Naomi Girma and coach Casey Stoney all were nominated in other categories with the winners yet to be announced. Morgan, Girma and Sheridan were all named to the NWSL Best XI on Tuesday.

Through 18 regular-season matches, Sheridan put up an 8-5-5 record while recording eight clean sheets.

Sheridan, who played for Gotham from 2017-21 and also starts for the Canada national team, stopped 56 shots at a 75 percent save clip for a 0.95 goals against average. The 2022 season marks her second-straight regular season with an average under 1.00.

She led all goalkeepers in successful long passes, and she became the third keeper in NWSL history to record an assist on June 12.

Kansas City Current goalkeeper AD Franch finished second in voting, while OL Reign’s Phallon Tullis-Joyce took third.

Sheridan is the seventh goalkeeper in league history to be named Goalkeeper of the Year. Aubrey Kingsbury of the Washington Spirit was the most recent keeper to take home the award, doing so in back-to-back years.