South African forward Rhoda Mulaudzi had mixed emotions when she scored her first W-League goal.
The 28-year-old scored Canberra United's opening goal of the W-League season before setting up the second for Ellie Carpenter to get a 2-0 win over reigning Champions Melbourne City.
"It was a team effort and immediately after the goal, I couldn't believe I scored," Mulaudzi said.
"There were mixed emotions for me being my first contract here in Australia then scoring my first my first goal in my first match, it was something else," she said.
While Mulaudzi was shocked she scored in her first game, she knows as a striker that she must be doing exactly that.
"Most of the time when you are a striker whenever you go to the field, you think about it (scoring), that's your job," Mulaudzi said.
Mulaudzi joined the club alongside fellow South African Refiloe Jane after trialing during the off-season.
Mulaudzi and Jane became the first South Africans to play in the W-League when they stepped out onto McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon.
"It was fantastic, the fans and everything, it was all professional," Mulaudzi said.
Before signing with United, her first professional contract, Mulaudzi was playing for Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa's Premier Soccer League.
Canberra United face Perth Glory on Sunday November 4 from 4pm AEDT.