Matildas light up the NWSL

Five Australian goalscorers headlined the action in the National Women's Soccer League's (NWSL) final round.

Alanna Kennedy, Orlando Pride

Alanna Kennedy (right) scored the winning goal for Orlando Pride with a stunning free-kick in injury time Source: Twitter @OrlandoPride

It was a superb week for Australians in the NSWL, building on the form which saw them take two consecutive home victories over Brazil earlier this month.

Sam Kerr led a fightback for Sky Blue FC, scoring as the team recovered from a 0-2 deficit to the Boston Breakers to win 4-3. With the goal, Kerr overtook Kim Little's NWSL season goal-scoring record and now holds the feat alone with a total of 17 goals from 21 appearances.

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Hayley Raso continued her strong season for the Portland Thorns, netting in the west coast side's 3-1 win against Chicago Red Stars after capitalising on an appalling goalkeeper error. Raso was later awarded the Supporters' Player of the Year in recognition of her six-goal season.

 

Teammate Ashleigh Sykes followed that up with fine technique to add another goal for the Portland Thorns, extenging the team's lead.

Alanna Kennedy was the hero for the Orlando Pride, scoring the winner in injury time from a free-kick to ensure her side finished the season in third, clinching a spot in the playoffs.

 

Larissa Crummer capped off a superb matchday for the Australians in the NWSL by scoring a classy lob to help the Seattle Reign to a 3-2 win over Kansas City.


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Published 1 October 2017 at 7:06pm
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