Emily van Egmond claims the German league title (Photo: Instagram)

Aussies Abroad: 10 – 24 May 2017 Wrap

The last fortnight has seen an Aussie clinch a title in Germany, a goal scoring run in Sweden and keeping apace with the leaders in Japan.

Here is the report for the past 2 weeks.

United States

Two weeks ago the first NWSL game of the week had an Aussie vs Aussie matchup with Sam Kerr and Sky Blue FC playing Lydia Williams and the Dash. Kerr had been struggling to find the back of the net for Sky Blue, but against the Dash she finally found her touch.

Sky Blue would score three goals and Kerr would play a part in them all. In the 32nd minute the forward took a foot to the face in the box and had her team awarded a penalty kick that Sarah Killion converted.

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The next goal the visitors would come in the 53rd minute where Kerr had fans in awe of her ability to create chances for teammates. A ‘no look’ pass to a supporting teammate merited a goal and luckily Kerr’s efforts were rewarded with Leah Galton putting Sky Blue up 2-0. This would be her first assist of the season.

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Lydia Williams and the Dash would pull one back making the score 2-1. But Kerr was not finished on offense. Kerr’s goal drought would be over after she was able to lace a shot around the six yard box past a diving Williams as the Jersey side headed home with a 3-1 win

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Kerr’s superb play would not go unnoticed. The goal from her pass to Galton was up for Goal of the Week.

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The Dash would have the opportunity to redeem themselves against Sky Blue as the teams faced off a week later and Williams and Kerr remained in the starting lineups for their respective teams.  

Kerr continued where she left off the last game as she produced scoring opportunities for her teammates.  The forward played a ball to her Raquel Rodriguez into the box just in time for a Dash defender to take down Kerr’s teammate creating a penalty kick.  Sarah Killion again converted the penalty in the 20th minute.  The Dash would be able to tie the game late in the first half to even the score at one all.

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Sky Blue would earn a late goal and hold onto the 2-1 lead for the remainder of the game with the Houston sweep putting Sky Blue in second place of the NWSL.

Williams was a big factor in keeping the Dash in the game with saves, even with a save to deny Kerr.

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After the win, Sky Blue FC were back on the pitch days later with the first mid week encounter which was a Top of the Table clash.  Kerr started on the bench and the Jersey side had a lackluster performance as they went down to North Carolina Courage 2-0.

Hayley Raso made her third consecutive start for the Thorns in their game two weeks ago against FC Kansas City. Both teams had offensive chances in the game but neither were able to convert.

Raso had a chance at a goal in the 28th minute, but her shot was saved by the keeper. Even without scoring Raso helped the Thorns stay in the game by being the only player on either team to have above 90% accuracy with passes. According to league stats she completed 93.8% of her passes.

When the Portland Thorns took on the Boston Breakers this past week Raso retained the starting lineup.  The pacy forward was again in the action creating chances for the Thorns to trouble the score sheet.  In the 41st minute Raso nearly found herself on the end of a pass in the box.  If she had converted the Thorns would have tied up the Breakers who had notched a goal in the 38th minute.  

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After the first half the Breakers came out with an early second half goal going ahead 2-0.  However, the Thorns would not go away though and converted a penalty in the 56th minute. Raso’s offensive efforts would finally be rewarded in the 83rd minute when she made a fantastic run, then laid off a well weighted ball to Nadia Nadim with the Dane tying up the scores late.

Portland now sits in fifth place in the standings.

The unbeaten North Carolina Courage travelled to the winless Orland Pride two weeks ago. But parity continues in the NWSL as the Pride came away victorious.  Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy both started and played 90 minutes for the Pride while Laura Alleway was an unused sub as the Pride recorded a surprise 3-1 win. None of the Aussies ended up on the scoreline but Catley and Kennedy continue to show skill on both sides of the ball.

 

 

The Pride ventured to Seattle to play the Reign this past week. Defensive regulars, Kennedy and Catley were in the starting lineup, but were unable to stop the Reign from getting on the board first in the 40th minute to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.  

The Pride came out in the second half better prepared and tied up the match in the 51st minute.  The game would end in a 1-1 tie allowing both teams to earn a point in the evenly matched contest.  Alleway was once again an unused sub in the match.

Another game, another time for the Aussies to show off their skills on offense and defense.

 

Europe

In Europe Emily van Egmond collected the Frauen Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg after finishing on top of the table with 54 points.  Wolfsburg pipped last season’s champions Bayern Munich and Elise Kellond-Knight’s Potsdam Turbine to the silverware.

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Despite a strong season Kellond-Knight and Potsdam missed out on the Champions League berth by just two points.

Just across the North Sea in Norway Emily Gielnik continues to tear it up for the Top of the Table Avaldsnes.  Gielnik has scored in each of their last four matches including a 2-1 win over Stabæk, 3-2 away victory over Grand Bodø, 2-0 defeat of Tameka Butt‘s Klepp and a double in their 2-0 win over Medkila.

Along with Gielnik, fellow Matildas Gema Simon and Chloe Logarzo have gained regular starts with Avaldsnes.  Simon has started the last two matches playing the full 90 minutes  on both occasions while Logarzo has started and played off the bench.

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Aivi Luik and Teigen Allen’s Vålerenga have continued to experience mixed fortunes.  A 1-0 home win over Sandviken was followed by a 2-0 away win at Kolbotn.  However, their run was halted last round by Butt’s Klepp as they were defeated 2-0.

Luik has been a regular starter for Vålerenga playing 90 minutes while Allen has been an unused substitute in each of the last three games.

Tameka Butt and Klepp have continued to pick up regular points with a 1-1 draw with Røa, a 2-0 loss to Avaldsnes and last round a 2-0 win over Vålerenga.

Butt continues to be among the top scorers bring her tally to 6 win last round’s goal against Vålerenga.

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Asia

Across in Asia Katrina Gorry and Caitlin Foord have continued their winning run with Vegalta Sendai in the Japanese Nadeshiko League.  First they claimed a tight 1-0 win away from home to Elfen Saitama before making it their third win in a row with a 2-1 win over Iga Kunoichi.

Gorry and Foord started both matches with Foord substituted in the 82nd minute against Iga Kunoichi.

Vegalta Sendai are currently on 17 points in equal second, just 3 points behind league leaders NTV Beleza.

Over in South Korea Rachael Quigley’s Hwacheon KSPO have experienced a slight stumble with two draws on the trot.  First a 2-2 draw with Seoul was followed by a 1-1 draw with Suwon.  The stalemates have seen them drop from second to sixth with 11 points.  Quigley is still in the top 5 goalscorers with 3 goals in her 7 appearances.

Some bad news for Emma Checker in South Korea with the defender forced to return home  to Adelaide from Incheon Red Angels for three weeks of rehab after injuring her ankle.

“When I did it I was really disappointed and pretty upset but I took a moment and knew if I could get through 12 months of rehab then anything less than that I was capable of doing,” Checker said to The Canberra Times.

“It took me a little while to get re-motivated but now I’m back on track and the plan is to be back playing in the next three months but I’m not going to push it.”

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