Five Portland Thorns FC players made appearances in Westfield W-League Week 10 action, as Brisbane Roar solidified their spot atop the table, Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets played to a 2-2 draw in Sydney, while Canberra United handily defeated Adelaide United at McKellar Park.
In a Thursday afternoon matchup with Melbourne Victory, Celeste Boureille broke a 1-1 tie in the 80th minute to net the game-winner for Brisbane Roar and push her team to 7-2-0 on the season. The powerful header, which tucked inside the far post, highlighted Boureille’s dominant 90-minute performance and marked the 23-year-old midfielder’s first goal in her W-League career. Teammate Hayley Raso also appeared, taking a pair of shots through the duration of the match.
Separated by a single point in the standings, goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom and second-place Newcastle traveled to face Emily Sonnett and the Sky Blues in Sydney for a shot at the top of the table. While neither team earned the three points necessary to leapfrog first-place Brisbane, the two squads played to an exciting 2-2 draw at Allianz Stadium.
WWL LINEUP | Here's how your Sky Blues shape up for this afternoon's @WLeague clash against the Jets at @AllianzStadium!! What do you make of the squad? #SydneyIsSkyBlue #SYDvNEW pic.twitter.com/72GoQhU04K— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) January 3, 2018
Eckerstrom and Sonnett each earned the start for their respective sides, playing through the length of the match. Sonnett laid off 41 passes in her performance with 70.7% accuracy, won three duels, a tackle and collected an interception along the way. Eckerstrom proved vital to the Jets’ result as the goalkeeper made four saves, two of which came late in the game and prevented the Jets from dropping into third place.
For the first time in nearly a month, Ashleigh Sykes returned to the pitch Saturday night to help Canberra United to a 6-1 rout of Adelaide United. Sykes, who earned the start and played 53 minutes in the match, scored the game’s fourth goal which put her squad out to a 3-1 lead prior to the break. With the win, Canberra improves to 4-4-0 on the season and maintains their sixth-place standing.