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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Australia Women's National Soccer Team News

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June 21, 2015 - Kyah Simon scores in win over Brazil
"Substitute Kyah Simon scored in the 80th minute to lift Australia to its first Women's World Cup knockout win, a 1-0 upset of Brazil and star Marta on a rainy Sunday afternoon. After Katrina Gorry won a ball at midfield, Lisa de Vanna's shot from the top of the penalty area was turned aside by Brazilian keeper Luciana. But the rebound went straight to Simon, who had entered in the 64th minute. She buried the shot for the first goal allowed by Brazil all tournament." - Yahoo

June 16, 2014 - Lisa De Vanna scores in advancing draw with Sweden
"A clinical Lisa De Vanna strike has carried Australia to a 1-1 draw with Sweden and sealed its passage to the knockout stages of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.... Progression from the "group of death" appeared little more than a formality when Lisa De Vanna gave the Matildas the lead in the fourth minute. Defensive backbone Laura Alleway provided a pin-point long ball that floated over Sweden's defence and set De Vanna up for a typically clinical finish. It was all in a ruthless day's work for the veteran scoring machine, who again brought searing pace up front as she and Sam Kerr flanked Kyah Simon in a bid to exploit spaces at the back. But the Matildas' dominance was all too fleeting, as they became rattled by their higher-ranked European foes and evoked memories of that devastating match four years ago. Sofia Jakobsson provided the equaliser for Sweden in the 15th minute, the nimble striker casually cutting through Australia's broken defence to beat goalkeeper Lydia Williams at her near post with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box." - ABC

June 12, 2015 - Kyah Simon scores brace in win over Nigeria
"Kyah Simon's double has given the Matildas a 2-0 win over Nigeria and opened a route into the Women's World Cup knockout stages. Returning to the Winnipeg Stadium where Australia lost 3-1 in the side's tournament opener, a goal in each half to Simon re-ignited the Matildas' challenge. Australian skipper Lisa De Vanna turned provider against the African champions with a determined drive. De Vanna, who shrugged off an ankle complaint to play, bustled past two defenders and was hacked down by a third just as she released Simon on the left. The striker finished cleanly with her non-preferred left foot past Nigerian keeper Precious Dede. The 23-year-old added to her tally in the second half by beating the offside trap and volleying home Sam Kerr's ball over the top." - ABC

May 21, 2015 - Michelle Heyman scores hat-trick in win over Vietnam
The Matildas will head to the upcoming World Cup in Canada with an added dose of confidence after an 11-0 trouncing of Vietnam. Australia raced out of the blocks scoring eight goals inside the opening half-hour, including a remarkable six-goal haul within a nine-minute period at Kogarah Oval in Sydney's south. Striker Michelle Heyman netted a first-half hat-trick, while there were also doubles for Sam Kerr and Lisa de Vanna, playing her first match as skipper with co-captain Clare Polkinghorne not playing.... The Australians were in control from the opening whistle at Kogarah Oval as AFC women's player of the year Katrina Gorry scored in the sixth minute. That sparked an avalanche of goals, with star striker Heyman scoring the first of her three first-half goals shortly after. Laura Alleway, captain de Vanna, Kerr and Emily van Egmond also booted goals as the hosts took a 8-0 lead before the half-hour mark." - ABC

May 19, 2015 - Catley, Foord, Simon & Heyman score in win over Vietnam
"The Westfield Matildas made forward Kyah Simon's 50th international cap one to remember as they defeated Vietnam 4-0 behind closed doors at Valentine Sports Park in Park Lea. All four goals came from different sources, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord finding the back of the net inside the opening half an hour before Kyah Simon, in her 50th international appearance and Michelle Heyman struck within a minute of each other early in the second half." - Football Federation Australia

May 12, 2015 - World Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams – Canberra United, Melissa Barbieri – Adelaide United, Mackenzie Arnold – Perth Glory
  • Defenders: Laura Alleway – Brisbane Roar, Stephanie Catley – Melbourne Victory, Elise Kellond-Knight – Brisbane Roar, Clare Polkinghorne – Brisbane Roar, Servet Uzunlar – Sydney FC
  • Midfielders: Alanna Kennedy – Perth Glory, Nicola Bolger – Sydney FC, Tameka Butt – Brisbane Roar, Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar, Teresa Polias – Sydney FC, Emily van Egmond – Newcastle Jets, Hayley Raso – Brisbane Roar, Leena Khamis – Sydney FC, Ashleigh Sykes – Canberra United
  • Forwards: Larissa Crummer – Brisbane Roar, Lisa De Vanna – Melbourne Victory, Michelle Heyman – Canberra United, Samantha Kerr – Perth Glory, Kyah Simon – Sydney FC, Caitlin Foord – Perth Glory
May 3, 2015 - Kobie Ferguson scores in win over Laos
AFF Women's Championship: Australia 1-0 over Laos, goal by Kobie Ferguson 59'

March 11, 2015 - six players score in win over Czech Republic
"A dominant performance from Australia has seen them finish 5th in the Cyprus Cup thanks to a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic in Paralimni, Cyprus.... Failing to clear the danger area, the Matildas were punished when Pavla Benyrova wrong footed Mackenzie Arnold for the opening goal. The goal was the wake up call Australia needed and minutes later they were level when Katrina Gorry met Michelle Heyman’s cut back from just yards out. The lively Heyman was then again the action in the 13th minute when she skipped by her marker before being brought down in the area.  Heyman took the resulting penalty Czech Republic keeper Hana Sloupova guessed right and palmed away the spot kick. Three minutes later Australia had the well deserved lead thanks to a bursting run from Caitlin Foord.  Foord dribbled inside, struck with Sloupova’s parry falling to Emily van Egmond who turned it home.... Lisa De Vanna was next to get in on the act with a classy solo effort. The striker picked up the ball from 25 yards out, sprinted into the space before slotting home from 10 yards out.... The second half was more of the same as Australia forced an corner in the 53rd minute. The initial corner came to Teresa Polias on the edge of the area. Polias’ shot was pushed out by Sloupova only for Heyman to volley home from close range. The Czech’s pulled a goal back just after the hour mark with Benyrova’s long range effort helped on by the gusting conditions to beat out Arnold. The Matildas were undeterred and late on the Clare Polkinghorne and Ashleigh Sykes capped off the performance with late goals. First with Polkinghorne’s header from a pin point Collette McCallum corner then with Sykes putting away the rebound ball after another storming De Vanna run and strike." - The Womens Game

March 9, 2015 - Gill, Sykes & van Egmond score in win over Finland
"Former AFC Women’s Player of the Year Kate Gill opened the scoring as Australia defeated Finland 3-0 on Monday to end their 2015 Cyprus Cup Group B campaign second in the four-team table behind England. Gill, the continent’s top female footballer in 2010, put the Matildas one up on the half-hour mark before second-half goals from Ashleigh Sykes (77th) and Emily van Egmond (89th) as Australia recorded their second win of the competition following their 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in their tournament opener." - AFC

March 4, 2015 - Larissa Crummer scores in win over Netherlands
'An debut international goal from Larissa Crummer ensured Australia a 1-0 win victory over the Netherlands in their opening match of the Cyprus Cup. The Matildas began the important lead-up tournament to June's FIFA Women's World Cup in June against the rapidly improving Dutch with a strong starting eleven that included Kyah Simon, Lisa De Vanna, Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne. After a scorless first period substitue Crummer's 73rd minute strike edged Australia ahead." - SBS

February 24, 2015 - roster named for Cyprus Cup
"Australian head coach Alen Stajcic has named a 22 player squad for the 2015 Cyprus Cup held in Cyprus from 2–11 March 2015. The squad consists of 17 of the 23 players who made the trip across the Tasman for the tri-nations series with hosts New Zealand and DPR Korea. Meanwhile Laura Alleway, Kate Gill, Collette McCallum and Gema Simon have been added after overcoming injuries.... While many of the faces have been national team regulars in the past 2 years, one ‘new’ face is goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold who joins the squad after a strong W-League season with Perth Glory and a good training camp. Noticeable absentees and World Cup aspirants from the squad include Sam Kerr (knee), Lydia Williams (knee). While goalkeeper Casey Dumont is out of contention after undergoing a knee reconstruction late last week." - The Women's Game

February 12, 2015 - van Egmond, Heyman & Foord score in win over New Zealand
Australia have held off a New Zealand fightback in a frenetic finish to clinch a 3-2 win the final match of a women's soccer tri-series. Emily van Egmond, with a spectacular effort, Michelle Heyman and Caitlin Foord all scored in the opening half-hour to put the Matildas in a commanding position. But New Zealand mounted a big comeback in the second spell, with substitute Sarah Gregorius getting a brace, the second in the 84th minute.... Australia then struck with a stunning goal in the ninth minute, van Egmond having a go from more than 30 metres out. The ball dipped beyond keeper Erin Nayler and into the back of the net. The Matildas doubled their lead three minutes later, when Heyman latched on to the defensive mix-up to score her second goal of the series.... It became 3-0 in the 29th minute, Gorry winning the ball in the attacking third and feeding Foord, who made no mistake." - Sydney Morning Herald

February 10, 2015 - Clare Polkinghorne & Michelle Heyman score in win over North Korea
"The Westfield Matildas have claimed an encouraging 2-1 win over DPR Korea in Auckland as the side builds towards June’s FIFA Women's World Cup. Defender Clare Polkinghorne gave the Matildas the lead in a frenetic opening at Bill McKinlay Park, timing her run into the box from a corner and applying a thumping volley from close range. The lead was short lived however, with DPR Korea finding the back of the net minutes later through Kim Yun Mi to sqaure the ledger at 1-1 after just 14 minutes. Australia regained the lead before the break through Michelle Heyman after some good link up play from Elise Kellond-Knight and Westfield W-League grand final hero Ashleigh Sykes. Kellond-Knight found Sykes inside the box with a delighful pass, who provided a neat lay-off for her Canberra United strike partner Heyman to fire home." - Matildas

February 2, 2015 - roster named for next week's matches
"Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named a 24-player squad for next week’s internationals against New Zealand and DPR Korea in Auckland. In what will be the Westfield Matildas’ first matches since the team finished runners up at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May last year, the squad for this upcoming international tri series features a host of familiar names as well as some fresh faces and players who are returning to the national team setup. There are 16 players from last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign, including current Asian Player of the Year Katrina Gorry, while Larissa Crummer, 16 year old Alex Chidiac and Amy Harrison are three new players in the squad, the trio having impressed at the training camps Stajcic has held in the lead up to these matches.... Midfielders Kyah Simon and Aivi Luik are two players who are back in calculation after overcoming injuries. In contrast, there are some notable absentees that could not be considered because of injury. 'There are a few girls returning from injury and a few girls that are currently injured as well such as Ellie Brush, Kate Gill, Sam Kerr, Lydia Williams and Tameka Butt so there are a number of girls still in contention,' said Stajcic." - Football Australia

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