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OCT 27
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Sam Kerr leads Australia to Tournament of Nations title
Australia won all three games in the tournament
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr finished the Tournament of Nations with four goals and two assists. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr finished the Tournament of Nations with four goals and two assists. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr scored a goal and added two assists as Australia won the first ever Tournament of Nations with a 6-1 win over Brazil at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

In addition to the goal and the two assists, Kerr also drew the penalty kick that turned into Lisa De Vanna’s equalizing goal in the seventh minute after Australia conceded an early goal to Brazil. De Vanna’s initial effort was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Daniele Neuhaus, but De Vanna cleaned up the rebound to make it 1-1. The Matildas never looked back after that.

 

Kerr assisted on the next two goals of the game, which put Australia up 3-1 and the game out of reach. First, it was with a pass to Caitlin Foord in the 32nd minute. Her next assist came just two minutes later as she drew out the goalkeeper before laying it off to De Vanna, who knocked it into the wide open net for her second goal of the game.

Following two more Australia goals — from Foord and Katrina Goory — Kerr’s goal was the final score of the game for the Matildas. In the 68th minute, Kerr controlled a high cross into the box with her chest, maintained possession between two defenders, before slotting it home for her fourth goal of the tournament.

Kerr tallied a hat trick on Sunday in the 4-2 win vs. Japan. The NWSL’s all-time leading scorer, with 37 career goals, has scored 11 — second in the league — so far this season and added three assists. In three games at the Tournament of Nations, she scored four goals and two assists.

Australia won all three of its games in the tournament, beating the United States 1-0, then Japan 4-2, before the big win over Brazil to close out the tournament.

Camila scored Brazil’s only goal in the second minute, tapping in a low free kick sent to her in the box.

Marta did not play in the match for Brazil. Debinha started on the bench, but entered as a sub in the first half. Camila earned her first start of the tournament, alongside Bruna Benites, Andressinha and Monica.

For the Matildas, Kerr and Steph Catley were the only NWSL starters. Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy came on in the second half. Houston Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams missed the match after suffering a grade 1 quadriceps strain in her right thigh, the Dash said on Thursday night.

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