Michelle Betos via www.nwslsoccer.com

July 22, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Thorns FC

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Portland Thorns FC’s Michelle Betos Voted Goalkeeper of the Year

Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Michelle Betos was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2015 NWSL season, the league announced Wednesday.

Betos, 27, becomes the first Thorns player to win a league award – making 45 saves and posting a 1.286 goals-against-average in 14 appearances for Portland this season.

The New York City native recorded two shutouts while earning a 5-7-2 record with the Thorns and was in net for all but one of Portland’s victories. Her 1,260 minutes ranked third in the league among goalkeepers and is a career high for Betos, whose previous high was 632 minutes in seven appearances for Seattle Reign FC in the 2013 season.

The University of Georgia product also recorded career bests in goals-against-average, saves, and save percentage (71 percent).

In addition, Betos became the first goalkeeper in NWSL history to score a goal – a 95th-minute equalizer when she headed in a corner kick from midfielder Allie Long in a 1-1 draw with FC Kansas City on June 19.

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