Goalkeeper of the Year Hillary Beall returns to Western United

Hillary Beall Western United

Reigning Liberty A-League Women Goalkeeper of the Year Hillary Beall will look to go one better with Western United, making her return on loan from National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Racing Louisville FC.

The American was a revelation for Western United in its debut season in the Liberty A-League, keeping seven clean sheets to help United to second place on the table and an appearance in the Grand Final.

One of the team’s vice captains last season, Beall received a list of accolades over the course of the campaign – Liberty A-League Player of the Month in January and February, Liberty A-League Save of the Year and the Western United Liberty A-League Player of the Season, on top of the league’s best goalkeeper honours.

Set for her return to the Green and Black, Beall said she was itching to get back and tend to unfinished business with her teammates.

“It was an incredible season we had in our first year. We fell short twice of some hardware, so I think that is definitely something I am coming back for – to win a Championship,” she said.

“I really enjoyed my time at Western so I am really grateful the Club is bringing me back in with the girls.

“Obviously the main goal is to win a Championship. Coming back though, I now have two years as a pro under my belt and I have found myself and my confidence, so I will bring that to the group.”

Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato said Beall’s return was an indicator of United’s growing intent to be competitive and successful in the Liberty A-League.

“Hillary was the best goalkeeper in the competition last season and we are delighted to have her return and be a key part of our roster again,” he said.

“Her accolades and awards spoke to the quality she brought on the pitch and it was important for us to bring that back into our squad as we continue to aim high in the Liberty A-League.”

Beall arrived in the West this week after the conclusion of the NWSL season which saw Racing Louisville narrowly miss out on the playoffs. She has signed a contract extension at the NWSL club before returning on loan to the Green and Black.

She has joined in preparations for a blockbuster home clash against Melbourne City on Sunday with the Green and Black army set to pack out City Vista Pavilion and Sports Field once again.