Mackenzie Arnold had a night to remember, setting up a Hayley Raso goal which would prove to be the winner, as well as pulling off a brilliant late save to deny Leena Khamis at the end as the Brisbane Roar beat Canberra United 2-1 at Mckellar Park.
The Roar claimed a much needed three points after losing their opening two games of the season.
Brisbane scored the opening goal through Tameka Yallop after nice lead up play from Raso in the 17th minute.
Raso then doubled the advantage just before half-time after a clever free kick from Arnold fell into her path.
“Add that to the stat sheet,” laughed Arnold post game.
“I think all of Canberra knew it was coming, I literally yelled Hayley!
“But luckily, how fast is she. She can get the end of anything.
“I couldn’t tell where it was going. But it ended up in the right spot.”
Arnold had a solid game throughout, getting heavily involved in the play. She made four crucial saves during the game, the most memorable of which was in the dying minutes when Khamis thought she had rescued a late point, only for Arnold to show incredible athleticism to dive to her left to parry away a goal bound header.
Arnold was modest when describing the match winning save.
“I mean honestly, I didn’t even know it was coming,” said Arnold. “I gave the last push. The ball was there...I didn’t even know it was there.”
Arnold admitted she had kept her Brisbane defence playing a high line, a gamble which paid off tonight.
“It’s a little bit of my style,” she said. “It’s a bit what Jake wants me to play. It’s just how I want to play lately.”
Arnold admitted getting the win tonight was important, to not only get the Roar off the bottom of the ladder but to build some momentum for the remainder of the season.
“Yeah for sure, like I said the last two games, haven’t gone our way, hopefully we can keep going,” she said.
Brisbane host Adelaide United next Saturday in Round Five whilst Canberra travel to Perth on Friday night.