Western United goalkeeper Hillary Beall has been rewarded for an outstanding season with a nomination for the Liberty A-League Women Fans’ Player of the Season.
The No.21 was a standout player in the competition from United’s very first match, where she kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.
That was the first of five shutouts that Beall kept throughout the regular season, her first as a professional No.1. Only Sydney FC’s Jada Whyman kept more clean sheets.
The American made a significant impression on the group from the moment she arrived at the Club with her leadership and presence.
That led to her being named one of Western United’s inaugural Liberty A-League vice-captains, joining a leadership group alongside Chloe Logarzo and captain Jaclyn Sawicki.
Beall made 61 saves throughout the campaign, a number of them being crucial ones including a big penalty stop against Melbourne City in Round 5.
It was that performance, as well as the one on opening day, that set the tone for much of Beall’s season as she made a habit of shining in the biggest games for the Green and Black.
The 23-year-old was immense in both meetings with City and kept another of her clean sheets against Sydney FC in a top of the table clash in January.
Her aforementioned leadership and that big game presence helped guide Western United to an historic inaugural season in the Liberty A-League.
Mark Torcaso’s side rode a seven-game winning run from the start to the season and were in the top positions on the table for the entire campaign.
The Green and Black ultimately finished in second place just one point behind Sydney, booking a place in the Finals Series at the first time of asking.
Beall put in another terrific display to help the team defeat the Premiers and reach the Grand Final on Sunday 30 April.