Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock continues to impress in Australia’s W-League, where she is playing her second season with Melbourne City FC while also serving as assistant coach.
After going undefeated in the 2015-16 season, things haven’t been quite as easy for Melbourne City this year. The club began the season with a 4-2-0 record. Fishlock hasn’t stopped being a workhorse and production engine, however. Heading into City’s match against the top-of-the-table Perth Glory, Fishlock had already scored a team-leading three goals in six matches.
And she added a fourth in stunning fashion this week. After going down 1-0 in the 47th minute, Melbourne City was pushing hard for an equalizer. The team earned a corner kick in the 60th minute, and after the ball bounced around frantically in front of Perth’s goal, Fishlock did this.
Here’s another video that shows Fishlock’s acrobatic volley, which equalized the match for Melbourne City.
Fishlock does come dangerously close to the head of Perth Glory’s Arianna Romero, but pulls her foot back at the last second to avoid a scary collision. (Side note: Seattle Reign head coach Laura Harvey picked up the rights to Romero in the offseason, so there’s a chance she could play in Seattle next year.)
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Lauren Barnes picked up two yellow cards as she and Melbourne City struggled to contain Perth’s Sam Kerr, and Barnes will have to sit next match. Teammate Bev Yanez went 90 minutes for City, and had a few close looks on goal, but didn’t ultimately convert. City ended up losing 3-2 and fell to 4th on the W-League table.
Christine Nairn’s Melbourne Victory earned a 1-1 draw against the Newcastle Jets on December 15, and tonight face off against Canberra United at 10:05 p.m. PT. Nairn serves as the squad’s captain and has played 90 minutes in every match so far this season. The Victory are still looking for their first win, and currently sit in 8th place with a 0-4-3 record.
After scoring a brace last week and celebrating with #FletchFlips, Kendall Fletcher went 90 minutes for the Western Sydney Wanderers over the weekend. Despite going down 1-0 in the 8th minute, the Wanderers came from behind to win 2-1. While the Wanderers started the season poorly, they are now pushing for a playoff spot. The squad currently sits in 5th with a 3-3-1 record.
Naho Kawasumi’s INAC Kobe Leonessa claimed Japan’s Empress Cup title after defeating Albirex Niigata Ladies in penalty kicks. Kawasumi was available on the bench for Kobe’s semifinal match and the championship game, but did not make an appearance.
- Melbourne Victory (Christine Nairn) v. Canberra United: December 27, 10:05 pm PT
- Western City Wanderers (Kendall Fletcher, Paige Nielsen) v. Sydney FC: December 30, 12:00 am PT
- Brisbane Roar v. Melbourne Victory (Christine Nairn): December 31, 9:00 pm PT
- Melbourne City FC (Lauren Barnes, Jess Fishlock, Bev Yanez) v. Adelaide United: January 2, 12:15 am PT