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OCT 27
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Kerr scores a historic hat trick in W-League Finals Series
Perth Glory and Sydney FC set to meet in W-League Grand Final this weekend
Sam Kerr is the all-time leading goal scorer in the W-League and the NWSL. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)
Sam Kerr is the all-time leading goal scorer in the W-League and the NWSL. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

Perth Glory Women and Sydney FC Women will meet in the W-League Grand Final on Saturday at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium after a thrilling weekend of semifinal action.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr made history, again, leading Perth Glory with a hat trick to defeat Melbourne Victory Women. Kerr became the first player to ever score three goals in the W-League Finals Series as Glory finished with a 4-2 victory.

Kerr broke the W-League all-time scoring record last month reaching 64 career goals, and now is at 67 after her explosive performance on Saturday. Kerr is also the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL with 59 goals.

Kerr wasn’t the only NWSL player to put on a show over the weekend. Orlando Pride forward Rachel Hill  also chipped in a goal for Perth Glory and now has six goals this W-League season. Before Hill and Kerr put Perth Glory on the board, Orlando Pride forward Christine Nairn got Melbourne Victory ahead early.

Nairn dribbled with pace down the right flank and whipped in what looked like a driven right-footed service, but the ball slipped in the near post and put Melbourne Victory ahead just under two minutes into the game.

Kerr’s first goal was all about timing–the NWSL and W-League Golden Boot winner managed to read the near-post service from Leticia McKenna and finish one-time with two Melbourne Victory defenders in her path.

Next it was Hill’s turn. She headed home a service from Kerr to give Perth Glory the 2-1 lead in the 86th minute. Melbourne Victory responded with another one of their own before Kerr took over and scored two more times in extra time in the 97th and 107th minute.

Perth Glory return to their third W-League Grand Final.


And returning to their second consecutive W-League Grand Final, Sydney FC defeated Brisbane Roar 2-1 over the weekend. Thorns FC forward Caitlin Foord and Houston Dash midfielder Sofia Huerta scored for Sydney FC. Foord is second-best in the league with 10 goals in 13 appearances. Her 10th goal came in the 32nd minute in the semifinals when she received the ball at the top of the box, turned and finished far post to put her team up 1-0.

Orlando Pride defender Alanna Kennedy assisted Huerta’s goal following a corner. Huerta’s left-footed shot in the 68th minute would be the eventual game-winner.

Several NWSL players will be featured in the Grand Final with Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC), Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns FC), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) and Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit representing Sydney FC and Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Hill (Orlando Pride), Nikki Stanton (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars) representing Perth Glory.


The W-League shared a guide to watching the Grand Final

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