Sam Kerr celebrates one of her 16 goals this season. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr scored five goals in three appearances during August, leading her to National Women’s Soccer League team of the month honors for the fourth consecutive time.
During August, Kerr extended the team record for most career goals (27), as well as tying the all-time league record of 16 goals in a season (Kim Little – 2014). Kerr also increased her NWSL career goals record to 42 overall.
Two other firsts that Kerr added to her NWSL resume in August include her becoming the first player to register two hat-tricks in one season while also being the first player to score four goals in a match. That night came on Aug. 19, when Sky Blue FC hosted Seattle Reign FC at Yurcak Field.
After trailing 3-0 at halftime, Kerr exploded for four goals in the second half to lead Sky Blue FC to a 5-4 comeback win. The Australia international scored in the 48th, 68th and 71st minutes before hitting the dramatic game-winner in the 94th minute. On the play, Taylor Lytle stepped over a corner kick and sent a lofting ball towards the mouth of the frame. As it arrived, Kerr fought off multiple defenders and put a leaping header into the back of the net for a virtual buzzer-beater.
That comeback victory 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 side also became the first club to win a game after trailing at the 90-minute mark.
Kerr will attempt to score an NWSL record 17th goal this season on Sunday when Sky Blue FC returns home to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. to host the Washington Spirit at 6 p.m.