It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since a 16-year-old Sam Kerr scored in a victorious Asian Cup final.
"Suck On That One"
Australia went into the 2019 World Cup as one of the favorites. The players were expected to perform well but the opening loss to Italy put them on the back foot.
Unbeknownst to the public, players had also been subjected to online trolling and abuse that had nothing to do with results.
After defeating Brazil 2-3 in a classic game, the skipper exclaimed, "We're back, so suck on that one!" her joyous rebuke giving fans a new rallying cry.
It was a trace of the moment comment made in the euphoria of victory, but it made headlines and made a point.
Asian Cup 2018: Australia vs Japan, Group B.
A crucial goal in an important game, the 2018 Asian Cup doubled as a 2019 World Cup Qualifier with the top two sides from each group advancing to the tournament in France.
To guarantee qualification Australia needed a draw in the final match with Japan but trailed until the 86th minute, before Sam calmed the nerves of Matildas fans with a skilful finish.
In real-time, the goal looks like a scrappy goalmouth scramble after Kyah Simon's shot into the six-yard box, but Kerr reacted quickest, beat the keeper to the ball, maintained her balance and shot home on the turn.
Although it was far from her most spectacular goal, this was one of her most important up to that point and one of incredible poise, skill and strength.
Sam has spoken before of striving to be an “insurance policy” that guarantees one goal per game. In this match, the policy paid out in full.