Aussies Abroad: Mixed results for Westfield Matildas

Sam Kerr helped Sky Blue FC snap a two-game losing streak but the news wasn’t as good for some of her Westfield Matildas teammates.
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Sam Kerr helped Sky Blue FC snap a two-game losing streak but the news wasn’t as good for some of her Westfield Matildas teammates in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) over the weekend.

Kerr rewarded for stunning form in USA

SAM KERR

The red-hot attacker continued her free-scoring form with a well-taken strike with just over six minutes left as Sky Blue FC upset league-leaders North Carolina 1-0. 

Kerr’s goal was her sixth of the season and followed on from her stunning bicycle kick strike against Orlando last week.

The win keeps Sky Blue FC in fourth spot, one point clear of Portland Thorns.

The 23-year-old’s recent run of form earned her WNSL’s player of the month award for both May and June, only the second time in the competition’s history a player has claimed the accolade in successive months.

STEPH CATLEY AND ALANNA KENNEDY

It was a day to forget for the Orlando Pride duo after they were beaten 1-0 at home to second-placed Chicago Red Stars.

USA international Christen Press scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Catley and Kennedy both played full matches for Orlando, with the Pride now sitting in sixth spot, four points behind the finals spots. 

HAYLEY RASO AND ASH SYKES

Raso played a full match and Sykes 30 minutes off the bench as their Portland Thorns outfit fell to a 2-0 loss to third-placed Seattle Reign.

Hayley Raso is relishing a return to the national team fold with the Westfield Matildas.

EMILY GIELNIK AND CHLOE LOGARZO

In Norway, Gielnik got through 90 minutes as Avaldsnes thumped second-placed Arna Bjørnar 3-0 away from home.

Logarzo was replaced with just over 10 minutes remaining as Avaldnes consolidated sixth-spot on the Toppserien table.

TAMEKA BUTT

Also in Norway, Butt’s Klepp enjoyed a 4-1 win at home to Kolbotn with the Aussie midfielder netting her side’s second goal as she got through the full 90 minutes. 

Klepp remain in fourth spot on the table, nine points behind league-leaders Lillestrom.

Steph Catley joins her Westfield Matildas teammates to celebrate a goal against New Zealand in a friendly.

This article was originally published at: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/kerr-rewarded-for-stunning-form-in-usa/w6cl532tozde1kw98ug6k96x1.