Westfield Matildas: Aussies on fire in NWSL

Hayley Raso scored two goals for Portland against Seattle over the weekend. Image: Portland Thorns.
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Westfield Matildas continue to dominate in America’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with Hayley Raso and Sam Kerr both scoring winners for their respective clubs over the weekend.

HAYLEY RASO, ASH SYKES AND LARISSA CRUMMER

Raso stole the show as Portland Thorns registered their 50th NWSL win with a 2-1 triumph over Seattle Reign.

The Westfield Matildas youngster scored both the Thorns’ goals in the win, the result seeing the club move to within just two points of North Carolina Courage at the top of the ladder.

It was Raso’s first-ever brace in the NWSL and demonstrated her undoubted talent in a scintillating 90-minute display.

Her first goal came early in the second half when she capitalised on a mis-placed defensive pass, while she showed great pace and awareness to grab her second late-on.

Fellow Aussie Ash Sykes also played a full game for the Thorns, while Larissa Crummer was a late substitute.

SAM KERR

Sam Kerr’s incredible goal-scoring form has continued after netting the winner in Sky Blue FC’s clash with Boston Breakers in the NWSL on Sunday (AEST).

The red-hot attacker found the target in just the fifth minute and it proved decisive as Sky Blue held on for a hard-fought 1-0 win.

Kerr’s strike took her tally to 16 goals for the campaign, equaling Kim Little’s all-time record for most strikes in a single season.

STEPH CATLEY & ALANNA KENNEDY

There was also a win for Westfield Matildas defenders Kennedy and Catley as their Orlando Pride team edged out Kansas City 2-1.

The Aussie duo both played 90 minutes for the Pride, who remain in the top four of the NWSL.