Sam Kerr has scored nine goals in five internationals for Australia. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Another game, another two goals for the amazing Sam Kerr.
The Sky Blue FC forward’s performance paced the Australian women’s national team to a a 3-0 victory over China in an international friendly at AAMI Park Wednesday night.
The Matildas have recorded six consecutive triumphs, their best run since a seven-game winning streak in 2007.
The National Women’s Soccer League’s leading goal-scorer and MVP this past season, Kerr has tallied nine times in her last five international matches. She has 24 goals in 19 games for club and country.
Kerr, playing on loan with Perth Glory in her native country this winter, said she was willing to take on more of a leadership role with the team.
“I have grown up. I started in the Matildas when I was 15 and now I’m 24,” Kerr told reporters. “It’s something I’ve been working on, being a consistent player, a consistent leader and being a true professional.
“It’s not only been me, everyone has kind of stepped it up. I want to be someone my teammates can rely on.”
Kerr’s actions could not have said it better than her words.
Her first goal came in the 23rd minute as she headed home Emily Van Egmond’s corner kick.
After Tameka Butt doubled the score in the 53rd minute, Kerr drilled a right-footed blast from distance that wound up into the top right corner of the net in the 64th minute.
Kerr has liked what she has seen from her Australian teammates.
“We have the most depth I’ve ever seen in the Matildas,” she said. “And we have so many players right now at the best time in their career.
“I personally think [it’s the most talented group we’ve had], but I think the older retired girls would have something to say about that!”