From Sydney universities winning NPL Grand Finals to Aussie teenagers banging home goals in Iceland, there is no cracking strike too far or heart-warming moment too brief to escape the guise of TWG's football-expert, Kristin Shaffer.
THREE BEST GOALS
3. GRACE MAHER’S EARLY GOAL
In the Úrvalsdeild Women’s League in Iceland, Grace Maher suited up for KR in their match against Keflavík. Fans did not have to wait long for a goal which happened to be Maher’s first goal of the season.
Just eight minutes into the game she netted a goal and got her team on the board first. The goal would be what the tam needed to get the momentum going for their 2-1 victory.
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2. BEATTIE GOAD’S FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON
Speaking of early goals, Beattie Goad made sure to get her team, the Stanford Cardinal, on the board early in their game as well. In the 19th minute of play Stanford was on the attack and fired in a shot on goal.
The shot was deflected but laded right at an attacker’s feet. She laid the ball off right to Goad who reared back and fired in a one touch ball sailing toward the right corner of the goal. Early goals lead to wins as Stanford takes the game 5-1.
1. NICKI FLANNERY’S PK WINNER
The NSW NPLW 1 Women’s League wrapped up play this past week with their Grand Final. Sydney University squared off against the Northern Tigers which became an instant classic. A back and forth game ended in 1-1 tie after 90 minutes.
The extra time would continue an evenly matched game sending the game to the dreaded penalty kick shootout. Sydney was up 3-1 and needed just one more goal to secure the win and the league title.
Nicki Flanery stepped up to the spot and buried the ball into the right side of the goal going the goalkeeper no chance for a save. Flannery’s goal secured the championship with a 4-1 penalty advantage.
THREE BEST MOMENTS
3. AUSSIES STILL ON DISPLAY IN USA DESPITE NO NWSL
The NWSL league had the week off from play leaving the Aussie highlights in the USA up to the collegiate players. Luckily, plenty of them were in action and getting quality minutes. All positions were covered from goalkeepers to forwards and if you turned a women’s football game in America you most likely saw a game featuring an Aussie.
When the NWSL picks up later this week and NCAA football continues be sure to check to see if your favorite player happens to be playing over in America.
2. MATILDA HOME MATCHES SET
Australia is hoping to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, but fans will not have to wait four more years to see the Matildas on home soil. The team announced that they would be playing two games in November, hosting Chile for both matches.
The first match will take place on November 9th in Sydney followed by a game on November 12th in Adelaide.
1. SYDNEY WINNING THE NSW NPLW
Not only was Sydney University SFC the regular season champions, but they also took home the trophy in the grand final. Often times teams can take care of business in the regular season winning week after week.
However, when it comes to the final game they cannot quite shake the nerves and find their rhythm to take home the championship. Despite a great performance by the Northern Tigers Sydney University proved to be too much.
THREE BEST PERFORMANCES
3. GRACE MAHER
Getting your name on the stat sheet automatically puts you up as one of the top players in the game. Followed up by a full 90 minute performance and the team win simply elevates your status. This was exactly Maher this past week. She netted the first goal of the game and helped secure the 2-1 victory for KR.
2. TEAGAN MICAH
UCLA is 4-0 this season and 4-0 when Teagan Micah is in goal. She has made seven saves on the year and only given up one goal so far. She has had to stay alert and guard the goal as all four games have been close contests. UCLA looks poised for another successful season and much of that success will be due to the play of Micah.
1. BEATIE GOAD
Another powerhouse in the American collegiate ranks is Stanford. Also 4-0 on the season and doing so with the helps of an Aussie, this time on the offensive end. Not only did Goad net a goal for Stanford she also added an assist in her team’s win. Without the two goals that Goad helped contribute Stanford still wins 3-1, but loses out on the early goal from Goad which ultimately set the tone and got the scoring rolling early. Goad helped put Stanford in the win column this week.