Half of the 2016 USL season in the books and the battle for playoff position is heating up along with the race to capture individual hardware.
The opening portion of the schedule has produced a number of notable performances between the posts but we have narrowed our top contenders for Goalkeeper of the Year recognition down to four.
Check out our selections and then vote before polls close at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11 to let us know who you think has led the way throughout the first half.
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The 2010 PDL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Jersey Express, Meara has had a standout season marshalling the best defense in the USL. Meara’s 0.49 goals-against average and .844 save percentage both lead the league, as the Red Bulls II have managed to improve on what was a remarkably impressive inaugural season a year ago.
Gorrick has maintained the high standard he set in the Switchbacks’ inaugural season to remain one of the top goalkeepers in the USL. With a 0.76 goals-against average and .804 save percentage, Gorrick has Colorado Springs not only in line for a second consecutive playoff berth as one of the top seeds in the West.
Tulsa has had a tough season, but behind their defense Mangels has been remarkable impressive. The rookie from the University of California-Berkeley leads the USL with 60 saves in just nine appearances, and has posted a .811 save percentage that has helped the Roughnecks take two of their three wins this season.
Hildebrandt has been excellent behind a solid defense, helping the expansion franchise sit in the top-three in the Eastern Conference so far this season. With a 0.94 goals-against average and a .754 save percentage, Hildebrandt has not only proven strong as a shot stopper, but has also helped the side spring into attack.