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Washington Spirit Forward Crystal Dunn Wins 2015 NWSL Golden Boot

Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was honored Monday as the winner of 2015 NWSL Golden Boot, awarded to the player with the most goals during the regular season.

Dunn, 23, led the NWSL in scoring this year with 15 goals in 20 games to go along with three assists to become the youngest winner of the award, ahead of 2014 winner Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little (who was 24 years old) and 2013 winner FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday (who was 25).

The North Carolina product fell one goal shy of matching Little’s NWSL single-season record of 16 goals (in a 24-game season) in 2014. However, Dunn’s 0.75 goals per team game is a new league record, besting Little’s 0.66 last year.

The New Hyde Park, N.Y. native scored six game-winning goals during the 2015 campaign. She scored against seven of the eight other teams in the league, with the last-place Boston Breakers the only team against which Dunn did not find the back of the net. Her four goals against Portland Thorns FC and the Houston Dash were the most Dunn scored against any single opponent.

Dunn was voted the NWSL Player of the Week six times this season – another NWSL record, beating the previous mark of three set in 2014 by former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Veronica Boquete. See below for a complete log of Dunn’s goals in the 2015 NWSL season:

Goal Date Opponent Min Assist Result
1 April 18 FC Kansas City 46 Laura del Rio W 3-1
2 April 26 Sky Blue FC 6 Francisca Ordega W 3-1
3 April 26 Sky Blue FC 40 Unassisted W 3-1
4 May 9 Portland Thorns FC 3 Unassisted D 2-2
5 May 23 Western New York Flash 55 Christine Nairn L 3-2
6 May 30 Portland Thorns FC 28 Unassisted W 2-1
7 June 27 Houston Dash 56 Unassisted W 1-0
8 July 18 Seattle Reign FC 69 Diana Matheson W 3-0
9 July 25 Chicago Red Stars 83 Unassisted D 1-1
10 August 1 Houston Dash 28 Unassisted W 3-1
11 August 1 Houston Dash 36 Diana Matheson W 3-1
12 August 1 Houston Dash 45 + 1 Christine Nairn W 3-1
13 August 16 Chicago Red Stars 90 + 2 Unassisted W 2-1
14 August 30 Portland Thorns FC 45 + 1 Christine Nairn D 3-3
15 August 30 Portland Thorns FC 81 Unassisted D 3-3

 

The Washington Spirit face Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, September 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in the semifinals of the 2015 NWSL Playoffs.

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