Aussies Abroad

Aussies Abroad: 1 – 5 June 2017 Wrap

While Australia may not be in action in the June FIFA window, Aussies Abroad still made an impact with their teams before the break started.

Here is the report.

USA

Sam Kerr took her May momentum into her team’s first match of June when they faced the Portland Thorns .  Hayley Raso, who had been a staple in the Thorns lineup, sat out this encounter as an unused sub.

The game would be all Thorns who took an early 1-0 lead and never looked back. Portland would take a 2-0 lead into the half and that would be enough for the win.  Raso and the Thorns now are in third place in the standings with Kerr and Sky Blue right behind them in 4th place.

The Houston Dash brought their offensive struggles into this past week of NWSL play.  The team would once again be shutout, this time by the Washington Spirit.  The Spirit would get their first goal a mere three minutes into the match.  

Lydia Williams was able to hold off the Spirit until the 70th minute when Washington recorded their second and matching sealing goal.  It has been a difficult run for the Dash and the win was a low point as they swapped places with the Spirit and now sit in last place of the NWSL standings heading into the break.

The Boston Breakers would once again fall victim to giving up two early goals in this week’s match up against Orlando Pride. A penalty converted in the 9th minute and a second goal in the 13th minute would put the game out of reach for the visiting Breakers.  

Both Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy would start for the Pride and help with the team’s shutout.  Laura Alleway was an unused sub in the game.  The Orlando Pride enter the break holding steady in 7th place.

Kennedy and Catley prove once again that defenders are effective in the offensive half.

 

EUROPE

Aivi Luik and Teigen Allen‘s Vålerenga recorded a big 6-1 away win against Medkila.  Luik continues to be key for the Vålerenga with the Melbourne City midfielder scoring in the 83rd minute as she completed another full 90 minutes.

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Meanwhile ladder leaders Avaldsnes continued their mini slide with a second straight draw.  Chloe Logarzo and Emily Gielnik played 90 minutes in their sides 2-2 draw with Røa.  Despite dropping points again, Avaldsnes remains on top but their lead has been cut down to 1 point.

 

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One of the chasing teams is Tameka Butt‘s Klepp whose 1-0 win over Trondheims-Ørn saw them move up one position to 4th on the Toppserien table.

ASIA

In Korea Rachael Quigley started and recorded a full 90 minutes in Hwacheon KSPO’s 2-1 victory over Icheon Daekyo.  In the tight WK League, the win saw the advance one position to equal third – just goal difference out of the finals.

Across the Korea Strait, Katrina Gorry started and played the full 90 as Vegalta Sendai suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Iga FC in the Nadeshiko Cup.  Caitlin Foord was not on the match day team sheet.

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