(Oct. 4, 2016) – The Boston Breakers today announced their 2016 Team Awards. Three of the five awards were voted on by fans, one by Breakers players, and one was decided by statistics.
GOLDEN BOOT – NATASHA DOWIE
(ISI Photos - Mike Gridley)
Signed in mid-July, Natasha Dowie came over from England and made an immediate impact. A few days after arriving in Boston, the former Liverpool forward scored on her Breakers debut, a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride. She finished the season with three goals on just 10 shots on goal over the course of her seven matches played.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – JULIE KING
Arguably her strongest season here in Boston, King started 17 of the 18 matches she appeared in, logging 1,523 minutes. She was one of only four Breakers to play more than 1,500 minutes in 2016. King matched a career high for goals in a single-season with two. She also tallied one assist, giving her the most points in a season during her professional career.
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR – WHITNEY ENGEN
In her first season with the Breakers, Engen started all 14 matches she appeared in, playing 1,260 minutes. The starting center back and team captain also scored one goal and one assist. Her goal, which came on May 22 at home, snapped Boston’s scoreless and winless streak to start the season. She headed in a ball from Kristie Mewis to help the Breakers defeat FC Kansas City, 1-0.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – BROOKE ELBY
The 23-year-old Elby mostly saw time at left back, but also contributed on the right and in the midfield. She started 11 of the 13 games the appeared in, tallying 919 minutes, the most amongst Breakers rookies in 2016. She made her debut in a season-opening loss to Washington on April 16.
PLAYERS’ PLAYER – ANGELA SALEM
Acquired during the 2015 offseason in a trade with the Washington Spirit, Salem started all 19 matches she appeared in for the Breakers this season. The holding midfielder played the second-most minutes on the team (1,699). She scored her first professional goal in 2016. It came July 17 in a 3-2 loss at home to Sky Blue FC.