Sam Kerr connected for a league-record four goals in Sky Blue’s win. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
TINTON FALLS, N.J. — Before going any further, it most be noted that this story is not a repost or a repeat.
Sky Blue FC striker Sam Kerr was named National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.
Kerr tallied a league-record four goals to power Sky Blue FC from a 3-0 deficit into a dramatic 5-4 triumph over Seattle Reign FC Saturday night.
The Australian international also became the first player in NWSL history to record two hat-tricks in a season. Kerr has registered a league-best 15 goals, leaving her one shy of Kim Little’s season record of 16 goals (2014). And oh yes, she also became the first player in NWSL history to reach 40 career goals.
On Saturday night, Kerr scored in the 48th, 68th and 71st minutes before hitting the dramatic game-winner in the 94th minute.
On the fourth goal, Taylor Lytle lofted a corner kick towards the mouth of the goal. Kerr fought off several defenders and put a leaping header into the back of the net for a virtual buzzer-beater.
The win made Sky Blue FC the first team in NWSL history to win a match in which it once faced a three-goal deficit. The New Jersey outfit also became the first club to win a game after trailing at the 90-minute mark.
This recognition marks the fifth time that Kerr has been honored as the NWSL player of the week in her career, one shy of former Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn. Sky Blue FC players have received the accolade on nine occasions overall, with Kerr being the recipient of the last four honors.
Kerr also was named winner of the FrontRowSoccer.com’s goal and player of the week Monday.
Sky Blue FC hosts the Boston Breakers at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.