Teenage sensation Alex Chidiac has described the joy of scoring her maiden international goal for the Westfield Matildas and admits she’s been blown away by the support of the Australian public.
The 19-year-old lived up to the hype of being regarded as one of the country’s brightest young talents with a superb performance and the opening goal in Monday’s 5-0 drubbing of Thailand in Perth.
Chidiac’s display earned praised from coach Alen Stajcic and might see the Adelaide United starlet earn a starting spot for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.
Asked her emotions of scoring his first international goal, Chidiac told matildas.footballaustralia.com.au:“It’s a feeling I can’t describe. I was in shock.
“I didn’t really expect it to go in, especially with my right foot as well, I don’t really use that too often.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about as a kid. Scoring for Australia in front of a home crowd makes it even better.”
Chidiac said the incredible support the team has received from the nation whenever they play on home soil is spurring the team to great heights.
A relative newcomer to the national team, Chidiac is part of a plethora of midfield options that Stajcic has at his disposal.
And the youngster is relishing the chance to learn from the likes of Emily van Egmond, Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt in every training session.
“These girls have been inspirations of mine since I was younger,” Chidiac said.
“I used to watch Butt, van Egmond and Gorry play and I would say ‘I want to be there, I want to be alongside them playing’.
“I didn’t expect it but I’m learning a lot off of them and it’s just great experience for me.
“I’m just trying to work on a lot of things, learning in the environment being in camp and hopefully I’ve got better over the last few weeks,” she added.
“It’s really exciting for me as well to see my game develop and getting some game time in front of the home crowd…it’s just building my confidence, it’s huge.”
The Westfield Matildas open their Asian Cup campaign against Korea Republic on Sunday, April 8 at 3am (AEDT).