Sam Kerr leads in the NWSL Golden Boot race. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the month by the NWSL Media Association for August.
With 14 goals, the former Sky Blue FC standout leads the NWSL Golden Boot race, including tallying five goals and one assist in August. Chicago has a six-game unbeaten streak and sits fourth in the league with 34 points (8-4-10 overall).
The Australia international was the lone goal-scorer for the Red Stars in a 1-1 draw against league-leading North Carolina Courage Aug. 10 when she headed in a cross from Vanessa DiBernardo to equalize the game in the 64th minute. (Watch Highlights)
Following a midweek scoreless draw at Seattle Reign FC (Watch Highlights), Kerr demonstrated her killer instinct scoring two goals in a 2-2 tie at Portland Thorns FC, pouncing on a poor back pass in the 44th minute and then finishing off a pass from DiBernardo in the 49th minute. (Watch Highlights)
The Fremantle, Australia native showcased her talents once again when she recorded a brace and an assist in Chicago’s 3-1 road victory against Orlando Pride Aug. 25. Coming off a pass from Yuki Nagasato in the 44 th minute, Kerr was in behind and beat a defender before burying her shot low into the near post. In the 59th minute, Kerr recorded her second of the game capitalizing on a momentary lapse to step in and steal the ball off a defender and beat the stranded goalkeeper. (Watch Highlights)
Kerr played all 360 minutes and finished the month with 11 of 26 shots on goal and eight chances created on 209 touches.
It was the third time Kerr has been honored as the NWSL player of the month and marked the fifth time a Red Stars player has received the award.
The Red Stars return to action against Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The NWSL player of the month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis