On Saturday, Sky Blue FC’s own Sam Kerr and Nikki Stanton looked to help lead their W-League team, Perth Glory, to the Grand Final. In order to make next week’s championship game, Perth Glory would have to first beat Sydney FC.
The game was back and forth the whole match with both teams having plenty of opportunities to score. In the 23rd minute, Sydney FC opened up the scoring with the game’s first goal. But just a mere five minutes later, Perth Glory equalized with a penalty kick. The rest of the game was all Perth on the score sheet with the team netting a total of five goals to end up winning 5-1.
Although Sam Kerr may not have ended up on the score sheet, she helped lead the offense all game with her classic runs down the sidelines that Sky Blue FC fans are accustomed to seeing from her. Two of Sam Kerr’s shots on goal were blocked, but the follow ups from her teammates resulted in two goals for Perth. Stanton also got into the mix on the offensive half with key passes to her teammates that nearly had them adding to the goal total. Stanton even had a chance of her own in the second half that was covered up by the keeper.
Perth Glory will look to have the same result next week when they take on the defending W-League champions, Melbourne City. This will be the first time Perth Glory has made the W-League Grand Final since 2014, and if Perth is able to win, it will be the club’s first championship. Since Perth is the higher seed, they will play host to Melbourne City next week.
Melbourne City and Perth Glory played each other only one time during the regular season, which saw Perth winning 3-2 and Kerr earning the brace.
The W-League Grand Final will take place on Sunday February 12th at 3:30 am EST and will be broadcast on ESPN3.