Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr is no stranger to scoring in the National Women’s Soccer League, and she continued her goal-scoring ways during international duty for Australia on Sunday. Kerr exploded for a first-half hat trick against Japan, and led the Matildas to a 4-2 win.
Kerr is currently in second place for the league’s Golden Boot race with 11 goals so far this season, and tallied a hat trick earlier this month for Sky Blue FC on July 8. She also became the NWSL leading all-time scorer this month, with 37 career goals.
On Sunday, she just kept going. Here are all three goals from her hat trick for the Matildas.
Kerr scored her first goal in the 11th minute, after Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso provided the perfect assist from right side of the box:
Five minutes later, she had her brace. She pressured the Japanese back line, creating a turnover, beating the very defender she stripped of the ball, then finishing past Japanese goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda with her right foot in the 16th minute:
Kerr closed out the half with her third and final goal of the day, and what would eventually prove to be the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute:
Australia midfielder Emily van Egmond scored the insurance PK, and forwards Mina Tanaka and Yuka Momiki scored for Japan in the loss.
Relive Kerr’s NWSL hat trick with our super cut:
Australia is now in solid control of the table at Tournament of Nations, with six points through two games and a +3 goal differential. They’ll wrap up the tournament against Brazil on Tuesday, while Japan takes on the U.S. women’s national team for the final game of the Tournament of Nations.