Chloe Logarzo has had a big few months. A W-League championship with Sydney FC was dampened by an ankle injury.
She now has a World Cup goal and a player of the match award in her debut tournament.
“It was a really hard time for me. I fractured my leg and I really didn’t know if I was going to be sitting here with a coach changeover and everything that was happening.” Logarzo said this morning after the miracle of Montpellier win over Brazil.
But the hardworking midfielder - who has also been deployed out wide on occasion - was at her very best against Brazil.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have missed the last World Cup and it’s really humbling for me to be sitting here right now," she admitted.
"It’s a really proud moment for me, I’ve worked really hard to get here.”
The Washington Spirit midfielder admitted that her long range strike in the 58th minute was intended to be a cross for Sam Kerr.
Along with the goal, Logarzo’s stats sheet also boasted an assist and plenty of possession as she was utilised as part of a midfield including Tameka Yallop and Emily van Egmond.
The victory wasn’t just an important one for the 24-year-old personally.
The storm following the Matildas loss to Italy - as part of the wider drama that has followed the Matildas since Alen Stajcic’s sacking in January - ensured the three points meant that bit more to the team.
“I think that win was definitely just for ourselves," said Logarzo. "We’re definitely not listening to the criticism. We have belief in our team and it doesn't really matter what anyone else says”.
However, there was a level of catharsis in the result as evidenced by the players reactions and celebrations at the final whistle.
“The amount of emotion that came out onto that field was incredible.” Logarzo said.
She dedicated the win to head coach Ante Milicic, who was on the receiving end of much of the scrutiny following the Italy result.
“That win was definitely for Ante," she said. "The criticism is more on his behalf.
"It’s really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief he’s instilled in us and the amount of work he’s put in is incredible and I don't think people see that so it’s definitely for him.”
Logarzo was also full of praise for the manner in which the Matildas notched up the win.
“I think for us it was just the way we wanted to play, we finally got our composure and kept the ball on the ground and we were able to connect our passes.” she said.
“I really like the brand of football that we play and it’s nice to hear that some people think it was the best game of the tournament but we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, we’re just going to keep playing.”
The momentum created by Caitlin Foord’s late first half goal was sustained by Milicic’s half time talk.
“I think Ante really goes in there and is able to just lift us in all the right ways.” Logarzo said.
“The Australian mentality is just to be able to come out swinging when our back is against the wall and we like a good fight so it was nice for us to be able to come out and get the result that we needed.”
Attention now turns to the Matildas final group game against Jamaica next week.