Photo by Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos.
Kerr Recorded Two Goals, One Assist in 3-1 Road Win at Portland Thorns FC
The awards continue to come for Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, who was named the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association following a two-goal and one assist performance this past Saturday in Week 9 action.
“We are delighted for Sam as she takes another step in her development,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Sam continues to add different facets to her game and pushes herself to become one of the most respected strikers in the world game. We are very happy to see her receive this acknowledgement, and we as a team will keep pushing her and supporting her to become an even better version of herself.”
Kerr played an immediate role in the action on Saturday, first assisting on a Raquel Rodriguez goal 25 seconds into the match that goes down as the fastest goal in NWSL history. On the play, Kerr gathered a rebound on the right side of the penalty area before turning and playing a hard roller towards Rodriguez. Seeing space in front of her, the Costa Rica international quickly stepped into a powerful shot that slotted past Portland netminder Adrianna Franch.
Sky Blue FC eventually extended its lead to 2-0 on a brilliant display by Kerr in the 70th minute. On the scoring play, U.S. international Kelley O’Hara cleared a ball that found the head of Maya Hayes at midfield. Hayes played the ball forward to Kerr, who sped into a 1v1 situation with Franch. Kerr then touched around Franch before calmly striking the eventual game-winner into the back of the net.
In the 88th minute, Sky Blue FC stretched its lead to three goals as Madison Tiernan sent a ball towards her final third, causing Franch to come aggressively off her line. Kerr made Franch pay for that decision, flicking the ball past her before calmly slicing it into the open net.
Kerr, who was named the NWSL Player of the Month in May, now has four goals and three assists on the season. The two goals on Saturday place her at 15 goals in a Sky Blue FC kit, which breaks the club’s all-time franchise record for most goals scored. For her career, Kerr now has 30 goals, which is the second-highest mark among active NWSL players.
This marks the third time that Kerr has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the seventh time that a Sky Blue FC player has won the award. Kerr also becomes the fourth player who has been voted as the NWSL Player of the Week in three different seasons.
Next up for Sky Blue FC is a road contest with the Chicago Red Stars this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The New Jersey outfit will then return home to Yurcak Field on Wednesday, June 28, hosting the Orlando Pride for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Individual tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
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The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.