Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell was crowned the 2023 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, the NWSL announced earlier today. Campbell was also named to the 2023 Best XI First Team, Presented by Mastercard, earlier this week.
This is the first time the goalkeeper has won the award and she served as the backbone for one of the best defensive units in NWSL history. Houston’s backline conceded the fewest goals in the regular season with just 18 goals allowed across 22 games. The mark is the third lowest all-time in league play behind the North Carolina Courage in 2018 and matched by Portland in 2021, who matched the record with 17 goals allowed through 24 games.
The shot stopper was named to the Best XI for September and October to close out the regular season. During that stretch Campbell recorded 37 saves and two shutouts across five matches, allowing just four goals. The goalkeeper made at least six saves in all five matches, including a nine-save performance against San Diego Wave FC on Sept. 3.
Campbell played every minute of the 2023 campaign becoming just the second goalkeeper in league history to record three ironwoman seasons and the first to do so with one club.
To add to her stellar 2023 regular season campaign, Campbell also made the most regular season saves this year, nearly missing out on century mark at 93 saves. She was one of three goalkeepers to record eight clean sheets this season, a club and personal record.
Campbell, who was drafted No. 15 overall by Houston in the 2017 NWSL Draft, broke the club record for most regular season appearances with 126 appearances to date.