Photo by Stephen Brashear, ISI Photos.
Kerr Scored a League-High Six Goals in Four Matches
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr scored a league-high six goals in four appearances during July, leading her to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Team of the Month honors for the third consecutive month.
“We are delighted with the progress that Sam displayed throughout the month of July,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Her willingness to continually improve shows her world-class mentality, and we have no doubt that there is even more to come from her between now and the end of the season.”
Kerr was on a tear throughout July, scoring some fantastic goals in critical situations. The Australia international started the month by scoring a late game-winner against the North Carolina Courage on Lifetime, finishing a Maya Hayes assist in the 84th minute. She followed up that performance by leading Sky Blue FC on an improbable comeback win over FC Kansas City. Trailing 2-0 when that match headed into the 78th minute, Kerr scored a remarkable 12-minute hat trick that made Sky Blue FC the first-ever NWSL club to earn a win after facing a two-tally deficit. Continuing that form into her next game, Kerr scored a 90th minute equalizer against the Chicago Red Stars, securing a hard-fought point at Yurcak Field. She then completed NWSL play in July by scoring in her fifth consecutive match, finishing a Daphne Corboz assist in the 76th minute that leveled a game against Seattle Reign FC at four goals apiece after Sky Blue FC had trailed 4-0 in the second half.
During the month of July, Kerr extended the Sky Blue FC franchise record for most career goals scored (22), as well as topping the club’s previous high for most goals scored during a season (11). Additionally, Kerr became the all-time leading NWSL goal-scorer, now sitting on 37 overall.
Five different Sky Blue FC players assisted on the six Kerr goals during July, with two being game-winners and another serving as a late equalizer. Kerr proved that her stellar play extends from club to country as well, netting a first-half hat trick on Sunday for Australia against Japan in the Tournament of Nations.
Following an international break last weekend, Sky Blue FC returns home to Yurcak Field this Friday, August 4, to host the Washington Spirit 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 Team of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.