Matildas Central: Kerr & Foord hit the scoresheet

by Ben Somerford on Apr 15, 2019

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Matildas forward Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord both hit the scoresheet on the opening weekend of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States.

Numerous Matildas will participate in the NWSL in the lead-up to the Women’s World Cup in France and their form will be crucial for Australia’s hopes of progressing deep into the tournament.

Matildas skipper Sam Kerr maintained her great goal scoring form with the opening goal in Chicago Red Stars’ 1-1 draw away to North Carolina Courage.

Kerr got in behind the North Carolina defence, rounded the opposition keeper and swept home the goal.

She also had a 67th minute chance denied when she should’ve headed home from a left-wing cross and hit the woodwork with a 93rd minute volley.

Elsewhere, Caitlin Foord netted one and set up another as Portland Thorns started the season with a 2-0 win at Orlando Pride.

Foord opened the scoring in the 45th minute before assisting Tobin Heath to make it 2-0 four minutes into the second half.

The Matilda chipped home from close range, before squaring the ball for Heath to side-foot the second.

Fellow Matildas star Ellie Carpenter put in a full shift for Portland, while Foord was replaced in second-half stoppage-time.

Clare Polkinghorne played a full game as Houston Dash drew 1-1 with Seattle Reign, who brought Elise Kellond-Knight on as a 28th minute substitute. Lydia Williams was an unused sub.

Amy Harrison was an unused sub as Washington Spirit beat Sky Blue 2-0.

Chloe Logarzo (Washington Spirit), Kyah Simon (Houston Dash), Steph Catley (Reign FC), Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) and Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) were all absent.

In Spain’s Primera Division Feminina, Alex Chidiac was an unused sub as Atletico Madrid won 3-0 at Sporting de Huelva, while Aivi Luik was a 68th minute substitute in Levante’s 4-0 win over Logrono.

In Norway’s Toppserien, Tameka Butt put in a full shift as Klepp won 3-0 over Toa.