Heroic Moments: Kerr holds nerve as Westfield W-League goalkeepers deliver
Despite there being only three matches in Westfield W-League Round 10 the Heroic Moments weren’t in short supply.
In a round for the number ones, a string of fine saves across each game were worthy of the highlight reels while some clutch moments from big players won the day for their respective sides.
Read on for our Heroic Moments of Round 10!
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Kerr and Campbell keep Glory on track
Perth Glory have had a fine season so far but were in danger of losing ground to ladder-leaders Melbourne Victory late on in their match-up against Canberra United.
Then, with five minutes of regular time left, up stepped none other than Sam Kerr.
The Westfield Matilda went on a dangerous run in Canberra’s box, eventually drawing a foul from Karly Roestbakken before making no mistake from the spot to move to outright first in the Golden Boot race with nine.
But that would not have counted for much if Glory goalkeeper Eliza Campbell hadn’t stepped up in the 67th minute to deny Nicky Flannery with a world-class save.
The Canberra youngster gathered the ball outside the box and unleashed a shot that looked bound for the top left corner, that is until Campbell desperately stuck out a paw to tip it over the bar.
The effort was no fluke with Campbell sitting second in the rankings for saves this Westfield W-League season having made 33 in nine appearances.
McCaskill does the damage but Eckerstrom stands tall
Sydney FC’s encounter with Newcastle Jets at Jubilee Stadium had a lot riding on it for both sides.
A Sky Blues loss would lose them ground in the battle for the Westfield W-League Finals Series while if Newcastle returned home empty-handed their chances would evaporate altogether.
Both sides had heroes who played their part but at the end of the day it was Savannah McCaskill of Sydney FC that emerged victorious with a brace that book-ended their 3-1 win.
The American struck in the 28th minute with a well-timed header before an injury-time strike sealed all three points for Sydney.
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The margin of victory should have been more if not for a fantastic string of saves from Newcastle custodian Britt Eckerstrom as Sydney’s attack bombarded the Jets goal.
The 25-year old was in inspired form, pulling off 11 saves to give her side a chance of coming home with a point.
It wasn’t to be, but the American number one can certainly hold her head high, her efforts taking her atop the rankings with 43 saves across eight matches.
Nairn strike completes double for Victory
Melbourne City have enjoyed dominance over neighbours Melbourne Victory since entering the Westfield W-League in 2015/16.
But after Saturday’s last-gasp 1-0 win courtesy of a late Christine Nairn strike, Victory can proudly say there is only one team in Melbourne after backing up their 2-0 triumph in Round 3.
The match seemed to be heading for a scoreless draw until a Nairn cross proved influential for the second week running.
The playmaker’s corner kick curved wickedly and caught out City goalkeeper Lydia Williams to score the game’s only goal as well as take her to three assists and 25 chances created thus far this campaign.
Of course, it wasn’t just up front that won the day for Victory with yet another goalkeeper, this time Casey Dumont, coming up trumps when her side needed her.
The 26-year old made four crucial saves to keep City at bay including a one-handed effort to deny Tameka Butt just before the break.