April 18, 2017 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
CHICAGO - Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer was voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 1 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Kopmeyer, 26, made eight saves - including six in the first half - to help the Reign earn a 1-1 draw Saturday against Sky Blue FC. Seattle is now 2-1-2 all-time in season openers and 2-2-1 in home openers.
The Troy, Mich. native was called upon several times early in the match as she got down to her right to stop shots by Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton in the 17th minute and midfielder Raquel Rodriguez in the 20th. Kopmeyer also parried away a driven cross by forward Sam Kerr in the 30th minute before coming out smartly and getting down to her left to turn away another shot from Galton in the 53rd. (Watch highlights)
The only shot the University of Michigan product did not stop was a 62nd-minute penalty by Sarah Killion - which Kopmeyer still was able to get a hand to, but unable to keep out of the net. Opponents have now made 4 of 6 penalties against her during her NWSL career.
The match was first time Kopmeyer has played on opening day and her eighth consecutive start in goal, three shy of equaling her longest stretch of 11 straight starts during the 2015 NWSL season when she took over in net for former U.S. international Hope Solo during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Kopmeyer claimed one cross in the game against Sky Blue and also made two punches - the last of which came in the 90th minute when she jabbed away a centering effort by midfielder Maya Hayes to help preserve the draw for Seattle.
It is the first time Kopmeyer has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the 14th time a member of the Reign has won the award.
The Seattle Reign FC will return to action Saturday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET against the Houston Dash at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.