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Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr named NWSL Player of the Week

Sky Blue FC's Sam Kerr has been named Player of the Week for the second time in her NWSL career.

Sam Kerr, this week's NWSL Player of the Week, in action against Orlando Pride on September 10, 2016
Sam Kerr, this week's NWSL Player of the Week, in action against Orlando Pride on September 10, 2016

Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, the 23-year-old Fremantle, Australia native, has been named the NWSL Player of the Week.

The title comes after Kerr scored two goals in the home-and-home tournament last week against Orlando Pride. Because of the two goals Kerr scored, Sky Blue FC went on to take the series against Orlando Pride.

Her first goal came in Sky Blue's home match on Wednesday, September 7 at Yurcak Field. Kerr scored in the 80th minute of play off a rebound from Ashlyn Harris, Orlando Pride's goalkeeper, putting the finishing touch on what teammate Maya Hayes put into motion. Kerr's goal last Wednesday led Sky Blue FC and Orlando Pride to a 1-1 draw.

Kerr's second goal came on Saturday, September 10 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. She scored in the 49th minute after finding her way though the Pride's defense and past Harris's grasp to the back of the net, allowing Sky Blue FC to take the series with a 2-1 win.

Kerr played the full 90 minutes in each game and came out of the series with 12 shots, five on goal.

Kerr beat out Carli Lloyd of the Houston Dash, who scored a brace in the Dash's 4-1 win over the Boston Breakers on Sunday, and Canadian-international Christine Sinclair, who scored a goal in each of the Portland Thorns FC's two games last week.

With her two goals this week, Kerr has now scored a goal in four consecutive matches and is Sky Blue's leading goal scorer with five goals this season.

This is Kerr's second time being honored as NWSL Player of the Week, though the first time she was honored in 2014, she was a member of Western New York Flash.

She is also the sixth member of Sky Blue FC to hold the honor, joining Christie Rampone (2013), Kelley O'Hara (2014), former teammates Brittany Cameron (2013) and Nadia Nadim (2014), and her Australia Women's National Team teammate, Lisa De Vanna (2013).