Sam Kerr scored her 17th goal of the season on Saturday night in Boston, claiming the single season scoring record for herself putting an exclamation point on her announcement as the winner of the 2017 Golden Boot on Monday.
The 24-year-old scored her 17 goals in 22 appearances this season, though she didn’t actually tally her first until May 13 – the fifth game of the season for Sky Blue FC. Her season also included three multiple-goal matches, in which she tallied one brace, one hat trick and a four-goal performance against Seattle Reign FC.
In addition to setting the new single-season record, Kerr also became the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL this season, setting a number of records along the way. On July 8, she scored her 35th career goal to take the lead on the all-time list. By August 19, she had scored 40 goals in that match against the Seattle Reign.
As it stands at the close of the regular season, Sam Kerr is now the all-time leading scorer with 43 career goals.
Thanks to that performance, Kerr became the first player to score two hat tricks in a single season, and she led Sky Blue FC to the first ever comeback performance in the league from a three-goal deficit for the win.
And finally, Kerr was the first player in league history to reach 50 career points, and by the close of the regular season she had surpassed that mark. As of Monday, Kerr now has 58 career points – and 21 of them came this season alone thanks to the 17 goals and four assists.
Kerr received plenty of help from her teammates, with assists coming from eight different players over the course of the season. Daphne Corboz and Maya Hayes led the squad in helping out Kerr with the final pass, at four assists each.
Some other notable facts about Kerr’s goalscoring record:
- Kerr’s 17 goals made up 40.5% of Sky Blue’s overall scoring output this season
- Kerr converted 31.4% of her 54 shots on goal
- Kerr scored at a rate of a goal every 112.8 minutes of her season
- Kerr scored against eight of the nine other teams in the league, the only team missing is the Washington Spirit
- Kerr scored five game-winning goals
- Kerr scored five equalizers
- Kerr scored 13 of her goals with her right foot and 4 with her head
Every goal scored by Sam Kerr during the 2017 season
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Goal 1: May 13 vs. Houston Dash, 3-1 win | 87′ | Assist: McKenzie Meehan
Goal 2: May 27 vs. Orlando Pride, 2-1 win | 43′ | Assist: Daphne Corboz
Goal 3: June 17 vs. Portland Thorns FC, 3-1 win | 70′ | Assist: Maya Hayes
Goal 4: June 17 vs. Portland Thorns FC, 3-1 win | 88′ | Assist: Madison Tienan
Goal 5: June 28 vs. Orlando Pride, 2-3 loss | 46′ | Assist: Maya Hayes
Goal 6: July 1 vs. North Carolina Courage, 1-0 win | 84′ | Assist: Maya Hayes
Goal 7: July 8 vs. FC Kansas City, 3-2 win | 78′ | Assist: Kelley O’Hara
Goal 8: July 8 vs. FC Kansas City, 3-2 win | 81′ | Assist: Daphne Corboz
Goal 9: July 8 vs. FC Kansas City, 3-2 win | 90′ | Assist: Taylor Lytle
Goal 10: July 15 vs. Chicago Red Stars, 2-2 draw | 90′ | Assist: Sarah Killion
Goal 11: July 22 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 4-5 loss | 76′ | Assist: Daphne Corboz
Goal 12: Aug. 19 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 5-4 win | 48′ | Unassisted
Goal 13: Aug. 19 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 5-4 win | 68′ | Assist: Daphne Corboz
Goal 14: Aug. 19 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 5-4 win | 71′ | Assist: Sarah Killion
Goal 15: Aug. 19 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 5-4 win | 94+’ | Assist: Taylor Lytle
Goal 16: Aug. 26 vs. Boston Breakers, 1-0 win | 5′ | Assist: Nikki Stanton
Goal 17: Sept. 30 vs. Boston Breakers, 4-3 win | 34′ | Assist: Maya Hayes