A Double for Kerr: NWSL Player and Goal of the Week

Houston, TX - Saturday May 13, 2017: Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr (20) celebrates after scoring a goal with Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez (11) during a regular season National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) match between the Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sky Blue won the game 3-1.

sky blue logoSky Blue’s Sam Kerr may not yet be a household name, but she is getting close to having a house full of awards, ribbons and the odd piece of silverware. On Tuesday, the Australian international striker earned yet another National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week award.

Kerr’s four goals Saturday night in a hard-to-believe 5-4 victory over the Seattle Reign made her a unanimous choice. Kerr, perhaps the best female player in the world now, did not stop there.

Her four-goal performance was the first in a single game in NWSL history. She is also the league’s first player to get two hat tricks in one season.

With the four goals, Kerr again leads the NWSL (15 goals), and is one shy of Kim Little’s single-season record, set in 2014. She is also the first to reach 40 goals in league history.

Most important, she helped Sky Blue (8-9-2, 26 points) stay within striking distance of the playoffs, three points behind fourth-place Orlando (8-6-5, 29). Here performance was an emotional boost at the end of a week when Sky Blue lost its coach, Christy Holly, and its captain, Christie Pearce.

The win made Sky Blue the first team in NWSL history to win a match in which it once faced a three-goal deficit, and also became the first club to win a game after trailing at the 90-minute mark.

Finally, Kerr’s stoppage time goal was voted the Goal of the Week. Her header off Taylor Lytle’s corner kick in the 94th minute completed Sky Blue’s comeback.

This is the fifth time Kerr’s career has been named the Player of the Week, one shy of former Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn.