Matildas superstar Caitlin Foord is enjoying a breakout season in England, with the Arsenal striker loving going toe-to-toe with some of the world’s finest defenders.
Now the Gunners star is closing in on a remarkable record on the back of a romping victory in the North London derby.
Meanwhile Sam Kerr continues to shine and Emily van Egmond took part in a milestone match.
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Arsenal overcame Tottenham 3-0 overnight, with Foord opening the scoring in the first half with a clinical finish following a delightful team move.
The Gunners dominated the match, taking 26 shots to Spurs’ 10 and have now won four straight games by significant margins and with a clean sheet in each of those clashes.
They sit fourth in the Women’s Super League, ten points behind leaders Manchester City but with a game in hand. The top three teams qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile Foord’s goal was her 10th of the season, alongside five assists. With five games remaining, she has the opportunity to become the most successful WSL rookie in history in terms of goal involvements (goals plus assists). Only German Nicola Rolser’s superb 2013 campaign for title-winning Liverpool, with 16 total goal involvements, exceeds Foord’s tally to date.
Meanwhile fellow Australian Sam Kerr is also loving life in England. She picked up a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League win this week against Wolfsburg. The second leg of the quarterfinal takes place on Wednesday night AEDT. Prior to that win was an assist in a 3-0 league win over Everton, and a hat-trick in the WSL cup final a fortnight ago. It is a rich vein of form, one she will hope to continue tonight when Chelsea faces Aston Villa at 12.30am AEDT.
The Blues sit second in the league, one point behind Manchester City but with a game in hand.
Kerr has 12 goals and 6 assists in the WSL this season, putting her among the finest stars in both categories.
It raises the tantalising prospect of Kerr and Foord combining in green and gold colours when the Matildas finally return to action with clashes against Germany (Apr 11) and the Netherlands (Apr 14).
It will be Australia’s first clash in over a year.
Meanwhile Emily van Egmond had the rare honour of playing on the famous field of Old Trafford this week. The West Ham star fell in a 2-0 defeat to hosts Manchester United, in what was the first time a WSL match had been hosted at the famous venue.