Sam Kerr tied the NWSL record of 16 goals, held by Sam Little. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Sorry, folks if you were expecting another astonishing four-goal game from the great Sam Kerr Saturday night, you would be disappointed.
She scored one for Sky Blue FC, which was enough for the 22-year-old Australian international striker at Yurcak Field.
Kerr struck in the fifth minute to lift the Jersey side to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League match before 2,244. It also was her record-tying 16th goal of the season.
Guess who! After receiving a beautiful ball from Nikki Stanton, Samantha Kerr slams the door on her 16th goal of the season, tying the all-time NWSL record.
Posted by Sky Blue FC on 26 ऑगस्ट 2017
Video courtesy of Sky Blue’s Facebook Page
The victory evened fifth-place Sky Blue FC’s (29 points) record at 9-9-2 while the ninth-place Breakers (16) fell to 3-10-7.
Last week Kerr recorded a league-record four goals in Sky Blue’s amazing 5-4 comeback triumph over Seattle Reign FC.
Kerr performed her magic in the fifth minute as he latched onto a long pass from the back. As Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith ventured 40 yards out of the goal into midfielder to try to clear the ball. However, she missed as Kerr and the ball slipped by her. With two defenders flanking her, Kerr raced into the penalty area, depositing the ball into an empty net.
Kerr equaled the league record set by Seattle’s Kim Little in 2014.
Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan recorded the shutout.
She kept the visitors off the scoresheet in the 87th minute. Brooke Elby played Midge Purce on the right side of the box as Purce pulled back the feed before chipping a left-footed try that Sheridan punched away with a diving stop.
“It has been incredible to watch this team grow,” Sheridan said. “Everybody has really been stepping up in their different roles, and it all came out in tonight’s performance. We deserved this win, and I am so happy to see us playing to our potential. We put in the work and brought it tonight. This was truly us.”
5′ – NJ Sam Kerr (Nikki Stanton)
NJ: Sheridan, Skroski, Freeman, Richardson, Mills (O’Hara-59), Lytle, Stanton, Killion, Corboz (Hayes-87), Kerr, Tiernan (Meehan-74)
Subs not used: Casey, Rodriguez
Game Day Coach: David Hodgson
BOS: Smith, Purce, King, Oyster, Chapman, Salem, Weimer (Andrews-57), White, Leon (Elby-70), Stengel (Dowie-77), Onumonu
Subs Not Used: Prudhomme, Frisbie, Lavelle
Head Coach: Matt Beard
Stats Summary: NJ / BOS
Shots: 12 / 12
Saves: 2 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside: 4 / 2
57 NJ Nikki Stanton (Yellow Card)
60 BOS Adriana Leon (Yellow Card)
90 BOS Julie King (Yellow Card)
Referee: Christina Unkel
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross
Assistant Referee 2: Trent Vanhaitsma
Fourth Official: Joe Zawistowski
Woman of the Match: Kailen Sheridan