Boyds, MD (Oct. 4, 2017) – Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh has been announced as one of three finalists for the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year award.
Pugh, North Carolina Courage forward Ashley Hatch and Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell have moved on to the final round of voting following an initial round last week. In the final round of voting – owners, general managers, head coaches, players, media and fans will vote from now to Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. ET to determine the individual award winners as well as the 2017 NWSL Best XI.
See below for a summary of Pugh’s standout rookie season.
Mallory Pugh – Washington Spirit
The youngest player in the NWSL made a major impact in her rookie season, leading the Spirit with six goals in just 16 appearances after signing with the team in May. The 19-year-old had several signature performances throughout the season, starting on June 3 against the Houston Dash when she nutmegged the goalkeeper for her first professional goal. She went on to record her first career brace July 8 against the Orlando Pride, which included a 90th minute equalizer from the penalty spot. She scored her first NWSL game-winner Sept. 10 in a dramatic second-half comeback against Sky Blue FC, and finished the season with another two-goal performance at home Sept. 30 against Seattle Reign FC. [VOTE]