The NCAA Final 4 is just about under way – who do you think is the top NCAA women’s college goalkeeper? There have been many occasions this NCAA tournament where goalkeepers stole the show. From Aline Reis’s save during the shootout to advance UCF to its first quarterfinal appearance to Aubrey Bledsoe’s 5 save performance to preserve the shutout to lead Wake Forest to the Final Four. ShutoutCentral will reveal the number one keeper after the tournament. The nominees are:
Justine Bernier, Sr. Alabama
Bernier’s career will be a tough act to follow. She had 453 saves with a save percentage of .822. Of her 29 wins, 21 were shutouts – that’s very impressive.
Aubrey Bledsoe, So. Wake Forest
Bledsoe made a name for herself last year when she stopped 3 pks in a ACC match against the favorite’s Maryland. This year, she was the only goalkeeper named to the All ACC first-team and broke the record for single season shutouts with 14. Her impressive 0.62 GAA is the third best in the conference. She’ll be fun to watch in the Final Four.
Colleen Boyd, Jr. Oregon State
Boyd’s 0.68 GAA (3rd in the Pac-12) was a leading factor to her team’s 3rd place finish in their conference. This season she was an All-Conference honorable mention and All-Academic honorable mention. Throughout her career, Boyd has helped her team to three straight NCAA tournament berths.
Tara Campbell, Jr. Duke
Adrianna Franch, Sr. Oklahoma State
Bianca Henninger, Sr. Santa Clara
Despite battling injuries all season, when Henninger was in goal, she made it count. Of her 18 starts, she only allowed 13 goals (that’s a 0.72 GAA) and she had 4 shutouts with 60 saves. She was also named a preseason All-WCC selection. She’ll make an excellent goalkeeper in the WPS.
Chantel Jones, Sr. UVA
Jones is the NCAA record holder for career shutouts with 47, 14 of those came this season. She’s UVA’s career GAA leader and leads in minutes played. She’s also Virginia’s first All-American goalkeeper (she was named to the 2010 4th team).
Natalie Kulla, Sr. Marquette
Kulla has a list of accomplishments including back to back Big East Goalkeeper of the Year awards and being named one of the finalists for the Lowes Senior Class Award. This season she has 18 wins and ranks second on Marquette’s single-season list. She also has a 0.79 GAA.
Emily Oliver, So. Stanford
Oliver leads the nation in GAA with 0.26 and is third in the country with a save percentage of .919. This year she has racked up 14 shutouts and only allowed 5 goals in 1,761 minutes of play. She was also named to the All-Pac 12 first team. It will be exciting to watch her with more pressure during the Final Four.
Aline Reis, Sr. UCF