From the USA to Norway, South Korea to Japan, last week saw plenty of Aussies feature abroad as a host of leagues commenced their seasons.
Here is the action from the past 7 days.
The NWSL season opened up with the Houston Dash taking on the Chicago Red Stars. Lydia Williams has once again been the number one goalkeeper for the Dash and was in goal for the opener. Williams was called upon often, the Red Stars recorded 13 shots on goal, but Williams proved she was up for the challenge and did not let in a single goal. The clean sheet from Williams helped ignite the Dash offense who netted two goals.
The Aussie goalkeeper once again proves she is one of the best goalkeepers in the NWSL making saves like this one and commanding her defense.
— NWSL (@NWSL) April 15, 2017
The next NWSL brought about the first Aussie vs. Aussie matchup of the season with the Portland Thorns hosting the Orlando Pride. Both Alanna Kennedy and Steph Catley were in the starting lineup for the Pride. A 32nd penalty put the Thorns on the board first and had the 1-0 lead at the half. Both Catley and Kennedy were on the offense for the Pride and nearly combined for the tying goal in the 52nd minute.
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) April 15, 2017
Hayley Raso came into the game for the Thorns in the 61st minute to try and put the game out of reach. Eight minutes after Raso was subbed into the game the Thorns were able to notch another goal and finish the game with a 2-0 win. Laura Alleway was an unused sub for the Pride and Ashleigh Sykes was not with the Thorns for the match.
Even though they are Matildas teammates that does not stop Kennedy and Raso from
— Ann Odong ?????? (@AnnOdong) April 15, 2017
To round out the first weekend of NWSL action Sam Kerr and Sky Blue FC traveled to play the Seattle Reign. This was the second year in a row that the two teams met for the season opener. Last season’s 2-1 Sky Blue victory was just what SBFC was hoping for. Led by the offensive play of Kerr Sky Blue looked to be the better team in the first half with nine shots on goals and four corners, but no goals. The second half saw both Sky Blue and the Reign create scoring opportunities. Seattle scored first from a pk in the the 55th minute, but a mere seven minutes later saw Sky Blue awarded a penalty off of a pass from Kerr to teammate Kelly O’Hara. The two penalties would be the only goals on the statsheet and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Larissa Crummer was not with Seattle Reign for the match.
Draw, but teams still so strong!!
Proud to be apart of such a special movement , #SBFC ????????
— Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) April 16, 2017
It was tighter than anticipated but Emily van Egmond‘s Wolfsburg made it through to the Cup final with a 2-1 win. Van Egmond started the match before being subbed in the 85th minute.
— VfL Wolfsburg Frauen (@VfLWob_Frauen) April 16, 2017
Avaldsnes – home to four Australians – opened their season with a 2-1 win at home to Teigen Allen and Aivi Luik’s Vålerenga.
Both Allen and Luik started and played 90 minutes for Vålerenga but none of the Aussies were on the team sheet for Avaldsnes.
Tameka Butt‘s Klepp had a rocky start to the Toppserien with a 6-1 loss to 2016 league champions Lillestrøm. Despite the heavy defeat there was one positive moment for Butt with the Queenslander getting her team’s sole goal in the 43rd minute.
Hannah Bacon got her first taste of Norweigan football as she was subbed into the game in the 85th minute for Trondheims-Ørn in their 3-2 win at home to Kolbotn.
The Korean WK League kicked off their season last week with Racheal Quigley’s Hwacheon KSPO kicking off the season with 2 matches in almost as many days. KSPO won their first game 1-0 and had an equally hard fight in the second, but coming out on top 3-1.
Quigley, last season’s league Golden Boot, commenced her season tally with a goal in the second win over Boeun Sangmu.
First goal of the 2017 season! Stoked with the 3-1 win, two for two ???? now round 3 on Friday.. this game schedule is rough!
— Racheal Quigley (@Quigs7) April 17, 2017
Last season’s league winners Incheon Red Angels have had a rocky start to the season opening with a 1-1 draw with Gumi Sportstoto at home. Their result was worse on the road with Emma Checker‘s side falling 2-1 to Suwon.