Westfield Matildas abroad: NWSL update

Hayley Raso netted for Portland over the weekend. Image: Portland Thorns.
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Hayley Raso got herself on the scoresheet for Portland while Steph Catley and Alanna Kennedy got the better of a fellow Westfield Matildas star in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) over the weekend.

HAYLEY RASO AND ASH SYKES

It took just three minutes for Raso to have an impact on the match, scoring the opening goal in the 3-2 win over Chicago Red Stars.

Raso surged through heart of the defence and despite being tackled as she got into the box, she managed to get her foot to the ball and divert it past the keeper.  

It was the 22-year-old’s third goal of the NWSL season and keeps the Thorns in second spot on the ladder.

Ash Sykes was also excellent for Portland before she was substituted on 74 minutes.

STEPH CATLEY AND ALANNA KENNEDY v SAM KERR

The match-up between Kerr’s Sky Blue FC and Orlando Pride – home of Catley and Kennedy – proved a day to forget for the Westfield Matildas striker.

USA international Alex Morgan and Brazilian star Marta both scored twice for the Pride as they trounced Sky Blue FC 5-0.

All three of the Westfield Matildas played the full 90 minutes but it was Catley and Kennedy who certainly enjoyed the better of the fixture.

Orlando’s win has them in fourth spot while Sky Blue FC are in sixth, three points further back.

LARISSA CRUMMER

The young striker made her NWSL debut, coming on in the 76th minute of Seattle Reign’s 2-1 loss to league-leaders North Carolina Courage.

The defeat has seen the reign drop down to fifth position on the NSWL ladder.