Westfield Matildas dazzle in win over Brazil

The Westfield Matildas defeated Brazil 2-1 in Penrith.

A stunning strike from Lisa De Vanna has inspired the Westfield Matildas to an impressive 2-1 win over Brazil at a sold-out Penrith Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Australia’s all-time leading goal-scorer fired the Matildas ahead with a cracking volley at the end of the first half before Sam Kerr doubled the advantage midway through the second stanza.

Substitute Debinha scored with just over 10 minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish but the Matildas held on for a deserved victory.

STORY OF THE GAME

*Brazil started brightly but Australia should have scored inside ten minutes with Caitlin Foord heading wide from point blank range following a miscued shot from Sam Kerr.

*In a physical encounter, both teams were guilty of giving away needless free kicks in the first half with the referee handing out three yellow cards.

*Australia looked the more likely to score in the first period and their pressure eventually told with De Vanna firing the hosts ahead with a spectacular strike just before the break.

*Caitlin Foord missed a great chance to double the Matildas’ lead just after the break with the keeper denying her from close range.

*Sam Kerr showed her class with a wonderful header to fire the Matildas 2-0 ahead with just over 20 minutes to go.

*Brazil hit the post twice in the second half with Andressinha and Cristiane both striking the woodwork.

*Substitute Debinha scored with 10 minutes remaining to give Brazil hope but Australia held firm to secure their second straight win over the Samba Stars.

GOALS

1-0 Australia, Lisa De Vanna, 41’

What a strike! The ball fell to her just outside the area and the veteran attacker lashed an incredible first-time volley which flew past the Brazilian keeper into the back of the net.

2-0 Australia, Sam Kerr, 67’

Alanna Kennedy whipped in a neat ball into the area with Kerr reacting quickest before knocking a well-controlled header into the back of the net.

2-1 Brazil, Debinha, 79’

Cristiane played a delightful ball in behind the Australian defence for Debinha who showed great composure before slotting past the onrushing Lydia Williams.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Four-goal Kerr sizzles in NWSL

Sam Kerr created more history in the NWSL by scoring four goals in Sky Blues FC's win over Seattle.

Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr has created more history in the National Women’s Soccer League, becoming the first player to score four goals in a match in Sky Blue FC’s incredible comeback win on Sunday (AEST).

KERR SPARKS EPIC COMEBACK

Kerr’s Sky Blue FC looked on course for a heavy defeat as they trailed Seattle Reign 3-0 at halftime in New Jersey.

But someone forgot to tell the Westfield Matildas striker.

Kerr kick-started the fightback three minutes after the break when she finished off a goal-mouth scramble before making it 2-3 20 minutes later with a piercing low drive.

But the drama wasn’t done there.

Just three minutes later a classic Kerr run was accompanied by a sublime curling finish into the top corner from just outside the box to draw her side level.

Reign edged back in front with five minutes left before Sky Blue FC equalised again in the first minute of stoppage-time, setting the scene for Kerr’s Match-winner.

And it was a beauty, timing her run perfectly to head in from a corner to spark jubilant scenes and cap one astonishing cameback.

KERR IN CLASS OF HER OWN

Kerr’s four-goal haul now has her clearly out in front in the race for the NWSL Golden Boot.

She now has 15 for the season to sit three clear of Reign’s Megan Rapinoe with 12.

It comes at the end of a week where Kerr was also shortlisted among nine other players for the prestigious The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 award.
Australian fans have the chance to see Kerr in the flesh in September when the Westfield Matildas play Brazil in friendlies in Penrith (Sept 16) and Newcastle (Sept 19).

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Champions! Australia wins Tournament of Nations

Matildas hit Brazil for six

Another dazzling display from the Westfield Matildas has seen them take out the inaugural Tournament of Champions following a 6-1 demolition of Brazil in California on Friday morning (AEST).

Despite going behind early, Australia’s speed, movement and technical quality shone through as they tore the South American heavyweights apart.

After earlier wins over USA and Japan, the emphatic victory made it a perfect three-from-three at the tournament for Alen Stajcic’s side to claim the title, their first piece of silverware since their 2010 AFC Asian Cup triumph.

Australia’s dominant display not only means they inflicted Brazil’s heaviest defeat since a 6-0 loss to the USA in 1999 but also exacts some revenge for the defeat to them at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

The win will also give the Westfield Matildas a huge psychological advantage heading into their two-game home series against Brazil next month.

STORY OF THE GAME

►Despite conceding early, the Westfield Matildas were clearly the dominant team creating a stack of chances to go with their four first half goals.

►De Vanna’s first-half brace saw her become the Westfield Matildas’ all-time leading scorer with 42 goals, moving past Kate Gill.

►Kerr was again sensational for Australia, scoring once while playing a major part in all four goals in the opening half.

GOALS

Brazil, Camila 2’, 0-1

Brazil won a free-kick on the right and they worked it cleverly, playing a square pass to the unmarked Camila whose first-time strike went through a forest of legs and past Mackenzie Arnold.

Australia, Lisa De Vanna 7’, 1-1

From a free-kick, Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr was pulled down in the box by a defender for a penalty. While De Vanna’s initial attempt was saved, De Vanna made no mistake with the rebound.

Australia, Caitlin Foord 32’, 2-1

Emily van Egmond’s exquisite ball over the top of the defence got Kerr in behind the defence and she surged into the box before unselfishly passing to Foord who slotted into an open goal.

Australia, Lisa De Vanna 34’, 3-1

Almost a carbon copy of the second goal as Kerr again sprung the offside trap to bear down on goal, this time squaring it to De Vanna for a simple tap in.

Australia, Katrina Gorry 41’, 4-1

Ellie Carpenter found Gorry on the edge of the box, with the playmaker gliding past two defenders before firing a clinical shot across the keeper and in off the far post.

Australia, Caitlin Foord 68’, 5-1

Tameka Butt’s defence-splitting through-ball sent Foord clear, with the speedy attacker rounding the keeper and completing a simple finish.

Australia, Sam Kerr 81’, 6-1

Kerr controlled Butt’s cross superbly on her chest, muscling past a couple of defenders before firing it in with her left foot.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

I witnessed Sam Kerr’s genius eight years ago

Sam Kerr celebrates one of her three goals against Japan at the Tournament of Nations.

Eight years ago, on a scorching hot Saturday in Sydney, I witnessed something that I’ve never forgotten.

NOVEMBER 2009: A STAR IS BORN

I was sat outside Leichhardt Oval’s modest media box covering a W-League game between hosts Sydney FC and Perth Glory in front of a few hundred of the faithful.

An entertaining clash at the elite level of Australia’s domestic women’s game, it went 5-2 to the Sky Blues.

But the game was remembered by me because of an unknown 16-year-old playmaker/striker in the purple shirt of Perth.

Sam Kerr.After the game I spoke to a colleague and predicted, “Today, I saw the future of women’s football in Australia… potentially the greatest footballer in the world.”

Her name? Sam Kerr.

MARADONA-ESQUE GOAL

‘Picking up possession just inside the sky blues’ half,’ I wrote back then, ‘the pint-sized playmaker wriggled clear of her markers and launched an audacious 35 yard shot into the top corner to light up Leichhardt Oval.’

She reminded me instantly of Maradona. It was voted goal of the season.

Kerr had another audacious effort from long-range a few minutes later just to remind Sydney she could do anything she wanted to.

Kerr was a natural. And she was doing it with a smile on her face.

That sort of natural talent, athleticism and confidence just can’t be coached (sport ran in the family, too, her brother is former AFL star Daniel Kerr).

The opposition coach that day was one Alen Stajcic – the man who’s engineered Australia’s rise as a women’s football power since 2014 and one of the most respected coaches in women’s football both here and globally.

Sam Kerr.

“Staj” knew all about this kid from East Fremantle who’d played AFL til the age of 12 before switching to the world game, mentoring the youngster in national age teams.

“Linda [O’Neill] had a great game on her but Sam is fantastic,” said Stajcic at the time. “I’ve watched her develop as a player since she was 12. Glory have three or four of the best attacking talent in the country in Sam, Lisa De Vanna, Kate Gill and Collette McCallum.”

SAM SPEARHEADING AUSTRALIA’S RISE

By 2009, Kerr had already debuted as a Matilda aged just 15 – solid proof of Australia’s ability to plan for the future.The following year she was an Asian Cup winner.

And that future is reaping huge dividends right now – spearheaded by the fabulous Kerr, now 23 – and a clutch of experienced yet young Aussie teammates and established stars in leagues all over the world

It hasn’t been a straight line – injuries have stymied Kerr’s rise. She’s played club football in Australia and the US with success but not at the level her potential suggested back then.

But right now, aged 23, she’s where I thought she might be. She’s got it all – and is back playing with a smile on her face.

Sam Kerr of Sky Blue FC has been named player of the month by the NWSL Media Association.She’s learnt that to just enjoy herself – not to take her football too seriously – it is the default mindset that brings out the best in her.

Kerr’s a huge star in the US NSWL with Sky Blue FC, top scorer in the league, and Australia’s X-factor on the international stage after tormenting Japan at the Tournament of Nations on Monday.

She’s the star of her own goal-scoring virals from the W-League and NWSL (and now famous somersault goal celebrations, which have certainly improved since the Asian Cup of 2010) and has the look of a winner who can do anything.

Just like that day in 2009.

And the next four years, under Stajcic’s canny guidance, she’ll only get better.

Around 50 caps down, the next 50 should be something to behold.

Sam Kerr.I finished my report back in 2009 with this prediction… “Remember that name…Sam Kerr.”

SEE SAM LIVE IN OZ

Australia, your latest football superstar Sam Kerr is here.

See her in action on Aussie soil this September for the Matildas versus Brazil, and during Season 10 of the Westfield W-League.

My latest prediction? She’ll be deemed world’s best player by the time of the next World Cup.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Social reaction to Matildas star’s stunning feat

Sam Kerr netted twice over the weekend. Image: Sky Blue FC

After becoming the greatest goal-scorer in American National Women’s Soccer League history, the plaudits were flowing for Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr.

Check out some of the best reaction on Twitter to Kerr’s incredible feat following a 12-minute hat-trick for Sky Blue FC over the weekend.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Sam Kerr rewarded for stunning form in USA

Sam Kerr was voted the player of the month in America for the second consecutive month in June.Sam Kerr was voted the player of the month in America for the second consecutive month in June.

Sunday, 2 July 2017 

Staff writer
For the second time in as many months, Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr has been named as the player of the month in America’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The 23-year-old is just the second player in the league’s history to be voted the best in consecutive months after she backed up a stellar May with more eye-catching performances for Sky Blue FC in June.

Melbourne City’s Welsh wizard Kim Little is the only other player to be voted – by the NWSL Media Association – as the best in successive months. Kerr took out the award after scoring three goals and having one assist during June.

Her fantastic tally included her spectacular bicycle kick in Sky Blue FC’s loss to Orlando Pride last week.

Sam Kerr

Kerr’s brilliance went viral after she wriggled free of her defender inside the box and launched herself at a loose ball, burying an acrobatic effort past Pride keeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Kerr has scored 31 goals in the NWSL to sit just one behind the competition’s all-time leading scorer Jessica McDonald of the North Carolina Courage.

Kerr and her Sky Blue FC teammates will next be in action this weekend when they host FC Kansas City at Yurcak Field.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matilda’s Sam Kerr stunner in NWSL

Sam Kerr in action for Sky Blue FC. Image: NWSL

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 

Josh Bennett @JoshBennett50
Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr has continued her impressive form in the USA with a stunning strike in the NSWL on Thursday (AEST).

With scores locked at 1-1, Kerr gave Sky Blue FC the lead over Orlando Pride with a spectacular bicycle kick just after the half-time interval.

The 23-year-old wriggled free of her defender inside the box and launched herself at a loose ball, burying an acrobatic effort past Pride keeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

But Kerr’s strike wasn’t enough to hand Sky Blue FC victory, with Orlando netting twice in the final 13 minutes to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win. Matildas teammate Steph Catley played a full game for Orlando and provided the crucial assist for the Pride’s third goal.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia