Aussies abroad: Matildas back with a bang

Plenty of Westfield Matildas were back on the park over the weekend with some eye-catching club performances sure to please coach Alen Stajcic.


Steph Catley scored the first ever goal for new club Orlando Pride on the opening matchday of the National Women’s Soccer League in Portland.

The defender scored the game's opener in the 12th minute, curling a wide free-kick around the wall and inside the far post with a cracking left-footed strike.

The honour almost went to fellow Matildas defender Laura Alleway, who also made her debut in the club’s inaugural clash, as the 26-year-old hit the crossbar with a stunning long range free-kick.

Unfortunately for the pair the Thorns came back to claim a 2-1 win, with Hayley Raso making a late substitute appearance for the home side.

Lydia Williams and Ellie Brush were both in action for Houston Dash as they notched a 3-1 home win over the Chicago Red Stars.

Alanna Kennedy banked a cleansheet in her first outing for Western NY Flash, as they claimed a 1-0 win on the road to FC Kansas City.

Kyah Simon couldn’t help Boston Breakers past Washington Spirit as they succumbed to 1-0 defeat at Maryland SoccerPlex.


Tameka Butt got her name on the scoresheet in Sweden, the midfielder pegging a goal back for Mallbackens IF in their 4-2 loss to Linkopings.

Butt found the back of the net just shy of the hour mark and was subbed with three minutes to play as her side went down in their Damallsvenskan season opener.

Eliza Campbell was in goals for Klepp IL in Norway as her side claimed a 3-1 win in the Toppserien.


Ashleigh Sykes helped AS Harima Albion to their first win of the season in Japan’s second tier, the 24-year-old opening the scoring after just four minutes against FC Kibi Charme.

The striker was substituted midway through the second half as her side went on to record a 2-0 home victory.

Racheal Quigley was up front for Hwacheon KSPO in South Korea’s WK League as they played out a stalemate against Icheon Daekyo on matchday six.

Hwacheon remain fifth on the table with their only win of the season to date coming in their season opener when Quigley scored the winner off the bench.