With Sam Kerr having turned 24 earlier this week, we thought we'd take a look at how our very own world-beating striker has been tracking in the National Women's Soccer League with the Chicago Red Stars.
And unsurprisingly, she's been killing it!
The East Fremantle local has enjoyed another stellar campaign in the United States with her 16 goals leading her side to a Semi-Finals berth and earning her an historic second consecutive Golden Boot.
Kerr becomes the first ever player in the league to accomplish back-to-back Golden Boots, with her 16 strikes and four assists in 19 games rubber-stamping her position as one of the competition's all-time superstars.
And she'll be looking to add to that impressive tally on Sunday when the Red Stars take on the runaway league leaders North Carolina Courage in a do-or-die clash.
The Matildas' striker currently holds the record for the most goals in the NWSL's history with 51, while also holding the records for most goals in a league match with 4 and most ever in a season with 17, which she achieved last year.
Kerr's Super Season in Numbers:
- Seven of Kerr’s goals this season have been assisted by Yuki Nagasato (and two of Kerr’s assists were on Nagasato goals)
- Six came at home, 10 came on the road
- Kerr played 1,704 minutes in 2018, scoring at a rate of 106.5 minutes per goal
- Three of her goals were game-winners and one a game-tying goal
- 11 goals with her right foot, five with her head
- 15 goals from inside the box, one from outside the box
- Scored against every other team in the league
- First player to score a hat-trick in the 2018 season, on the road vs. Sky Blue FC
- Three braces — two vs. Orlando Pride and one vs. Portland Thorns FC
- She took 88 total shots (excluding blocked shots) 47 of which were on target, according to Opta
Every Sam Kerr Goal Scored in the 2018 Season*:
Goal 1: May 6 at North Carolina Courage, 1-1 draw | 37′ | Unassisted
Goal 2: May 12 vs. Houston Dash, 2-2 draw | 20’ | Assist: Arin Gilliland
Goal 3: May 26 vs. Orlando Pride, 5-2 loss | 21’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 4: May 26 vs. Orlando Pride, 5-2 loss | 60’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 5: June 2 at Washington Spirit, 2-0 win | 25′ | Unassisted
Goal 6: July 7 at Sky Blue FC, 3-1 win | 40’ | Assist: Alyssa Mautz
Goal 7: July 7 at Sky Blue FC, 3-1 win | 46’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 8: July 7 at Sky Blue FC, 3-1 win | 63’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 9: July 14 vs. Seattle Reign FC, 1-0 win | 87’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 10: August 10 vs. North Carolina Courage, 1-1 draw | 64’ | Assist: Vanessa DiBernardo
Goal 11: August 18 at Portland Thorns FC, 2-2 draw | 44’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 12: August 18 at Portland Thorns FC, 2-2 draw | 49’ | Assist: Vanessa DiBernardo
Goal 13: August 25 at Orlando Pride, 3-1 win | 44’ | Assist: Yuki Nagasato
Goal 14: August 25 at Orlando Pride, 3-1 win | 59’ | Unassisted
Goal 15: September 4 vs. Sky Blue FC, 5-0 win | 64’ | Assist: Brooke Elby
Goal 16: September 8 at Utah Royals FC, 2-1 loss | 39’ | Assist: Arin Gilliland
*Stats courtesy of the NWSL