Sam Kerr capped off an incredible 2017 with two more goals for Australia. (Jeff Auger Photo)
GEELONG, Australia — Sam Kerr and her Australian national team teammates finished off 2017 the best way possible Sunday. They defeated China, 5-1, before 6,338 fans.
The Sky Blue FC striker struck for two more goals, giving her 26 goals in 20 matches for club and country this year.
Kerr, the National Women’s Soccer League’s leading goal-scorer and MVP, tallied in her record sixth consecutive international match.
The Matildas also registered their seven successive triumph.
After China grabbed a 1-0 lead on Ren Guixin’s goal before Kyah Simon equalized for the hosts.
Caitlin Foord’s run forced China’s Li Danyang into an own goal for a 2-1 Australian advantage in the 25th minute.
Kerr scored her first goal in the 37th minute to give the hosts some breathing room before a lightning delay caused a break in play.
Just before the hour, Kerr connected for her second goal as Chloe Logarzo closed out the scoring with her first international goal.
Australia defeated China Wednesday, 3-0, as Kerr also had two goals.
Foord felt Kerr’s recent form has brought out the best in the team.
“She just keeps scoring goals, doesn’t she?” Foord told reporters after the first match. “I think it drives the team to be better.
“To know you have someone who can score goals when you need them is a good feeling to have. The hype around her and the team is very exciting.
“It kind of puts pressure on us to have to perform and it’s what Australia expects now.”