Sky Blue FC striker Sam Kerr won not one, but two awards for her play for Perth Glory. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)

Sam Kerr missed Sky Blue FC’s home-opening victory over FC Kansas City Sunday night, but she wound up as a winner anyway.

The Australian international forward was named player of the year and winner of the goal of the year at the Dolan Warren Awards in Sydney, Australia Monday night.

The 23-year-old Kerr, who also plays for the Perth Glory women, tallied a team-high 10 goals for the Australian side during the 2016-17 season as she was voted the Julie Dolan medal, which is considered the W-League’s high honor.

“We are really excited for Sam,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “She worked so hard over the last year to rehabilitate herself while coming back from a tough injury. We are delighted to see her hard work and success on the field get acknowledged with such a fantastic award.”

Kerr received 23 points and was followed by Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar FC – 21 points), Sofia Huerta (Adelaide United – 17 points), Natasha Dowie (Melbourne Victory – 13 points), Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United – 11 points) and Megan Oyster (Newcastle Jets – 11 points).

Sky Blue FC recorded a 1-0 National Women’s Soccer League win over KC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Sunday night.

Kerr will rejoin the team this week.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at