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UPDATE ON WA WOMENS FOOTBALL

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Here is an update on women’s football for you:

The Matildas are through to the quarterfinals Sunday morning on SBS One WA time 4am.
You will find lots of FIFA WWC info on womensocc.com.au, thewomensgame.com and matildas.org.au and their Facebook pages for running commentary and daily news updates.

The Womens Standing Committee nominations are due today (if there are vacancies after this date then Football West can assess eligible nominations as a casual vacancy to fill the position so don’t give up hope!) The email address is elections2015@footballwest.com.au. Hope you have supported someone from your club to jump in to Football West for the promotion of our game here. There are ten positions available on the Committee.

A huge thanks to the outgoing Committee:
Dave Scragg, Emma Smith, Helen Lumley Nestoridis, Alexis Pelham, Conrad McKelvie, Tras Young, Penny TannerHoath plus Football west representatives Jessine Bonzas, Elisa D’Ovidio and Keith Wood.

This weekend is the 3rd Metro cup round with teams from as far as Kalgoorlie competing. Find all the fixtures on footballwest.com.au/comp page.

We are pretty much half way through the season with these teams table topping
Premier League : Northern Redbacks
State League Division One: Wanneroo
Metropolitan Division One: Stirling Panthers
Metropolitan Division Two: Melville City
Metropolitan Division Three: Wembley Downs
Metropolitan Division Four: Peel United
Metropolitan Division Five: Rockingham City
Metropolitan Division Six: Gwelup Croatia

This is a terrific spread of teams from all over the Perth area.

A ‘C’ licence coaching course is coming up and you can find information on footballwest.com.au home page or speak to Cris Ola at Football West. Applications close July 10.

Did you know our members are eligible for free referee accreditation and once registered can select which competitions they would like to referee? Contact Eddie Lennie at Football West for more information.

Local Radio Fremantle runs a football programme Saturdays from 10am and you are welcome to ring 0894942100 with your club news or text 0408921832 with news and comments through the two hour programme.

As a side note, there has been a few injuries I am seeing amongst younger teen age players in the higher divisions requiring surgery. I wondered if you have any feedback about that from your club?

GO THE MATILDAS!

Penny TannerHoath 0408 921 832
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Matildas face world champions Japan

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Photo: Getty Images

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Westfield Matildas have a Quarter Final date with Japan after the reigning World Champions defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in their Round of 16 match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday (WA time).


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A goal in each half booked Japan’s place in the last eight to set up a mouth-watering encounter with the Westfield Matildas at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Sunday 28 June (WA time).

The Quarter Final showdown is set to continue the intriguing and respectful rivalry between the two fierce Asian heavyweights whose previous meeting was last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup Final where Japan edge out the Westfield Matildas 1-0.

Now the Westfield Matildas have the chance to atone for that result on the world stage as they chase an unprecedented spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi Finals.

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic, who watched Japan overcome a tenacious Netherlands outfit, admits the challenges do not get much tougher but that his team takes an unwavering belief that they can continue their amazing run in the tournament.

“They’re passing and movement off the ball is probably the best of any team at the World Cup, so we’ve got a big assignment on our hands – the current World Champions and a very good team,” Stajcic said of Japan.

“But as I’ve said before we’re a very good team as well and we’ve been dangerous against everyone and there’s no reason we can’t be dangerous when we play Japan and be a real threat.

“We know we have to be at our best to challenge these great nations that we’ve played already like USA, Sweden, Brazil and now Japan – that’s four of the World Cup finalists in this millennium.

“I’m confident we can beat them but it’s going to be an extremely tough match and we will need to be at our best for 90 minutes.”

After playing against them twice at last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup at a time Stajcic had just taken charge of the team on an interim basis, the Westfield Matildas boss says his team has progressed considerably since then.

“I think we learnt from the Asian Cup. We had a 2-2 draw with them after we were 2-nil up and we lost the Final 1-0 off a corner,” he said.

“I think the biggest thing we’ve learnt is the belief we have in the team, I think if we play to our potential we can match it with the world champions.

“That was 12 months ago and we’ve grown a lot since then on and off the field, and it just gives us great belief that we can match it with the world champions and if we play to our potential we can certainly beat them this time around.”

The match will be LIVE on SBS ONE and SBS HD from 3.30am WA Sunday, June 28.

Westfield Matildas v Japan
Sunday June 28 2015
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Kick-Off: 4am (WA time)

Reference: Football West

The World Football Programme Radio 107.9fm

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

This week on WA’s The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9fm, Penny Tanner is hosting with Peter Szkiela. Plug the studio number into your phone and give us a call with your match of the round or news first up on 08 9494 2100. Texts go to the usual number 0408921832 throughout the programme.

Perth Glory have appointed their new CEO. Callum Salmon (Glory Community and Development Manager) shares the news about that and talks us through the school holidays and community programmes across WA. Peter Rowe (Mandurah City President) and Kalgoorlie College President Billy Cummins cover State League football and some very long journeys to be a part of our cup competitions. The Matilda’s are going great guns at the WWC Canada with the quarterfinals looming Sunday morning against World Champions Japan. WA and Matildas legend Katy Gill talks up our chances and reviews some of the FIFA awards.

Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talkback, or share your comments and news on our Facebook Group. Listen to live streaming via radiofremantle.com or the RadioTuneInPro mobile app. The World Football Programme, 107.9fm Saturdays from 10 through midday Perth time.

Angels soar with quick fire goals

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Monday, June 22, 2015

Three goals in four first-half minutes were enough to seal victory for Beckenham Angels over a youthful NTC in the Bankwest Women’s State League at Celebration Park on Sunday.


Report by Rachel Collier

Perth Glory Women midfielder Shannon May put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute with a looping header into the top corner which left Young Matildas keeper Gabby Dal Busco with no chance.

The second goal soon followed as Beckenham picked up the pace and pushed forward.

This time it was May’s Glory teammate Marianna Tabain who chipped the keeper with one of her trademark long-range efforts to make it 2-0 to the away side in the 39th minute.

NTC had another unfortunate lapse in concentration, despite a solid opening performance, and Beckenham were able to take full advantage.

It was Tabain again, who this time side-footed the ball into the top-left corner to make it 3-0 at the break.

In spite of a resilient effort from the NTC players, the score remained the same but could have been worse if Tabain’s 70th minute long-range shot had been on target.

After claiming all three points Beckenham leapfrog NTC into third place on the ladder, however NTC coach Jessine Bonzas remained positive.

“I thought that in the first 38 minutes we were fantastic and we matched them all over the park,” she said.

“It was just those last few minutes in the first half where we just lost a few answers and just stopped believing in ourselves a little bit.”

“It’s results like this where you learn a lot about yourselves as a team and that can only be a good thing for this young squad.  We will continue learning and improving and that is our main focus.”

NTC U19s 0
Beckenham Angels 3 ( Shannon MAY 38, Marianna TABAIN 39, 42)
Venue:
Celebration Park, Balga
Kick Off: 12.30pm
Referee: A. Paraskeuas

NTC U19s: 1. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO, 2. Angelique STANNETT, 3. Steffi DADILO, 4. Alyssa VAN HEULCK, 5. Georgina TEAKLE, 6. Ellie LA MONTE, 7. Shauni REIO, 8. Abbey MEAKINS, 9. Roisin CONNOLLY, 10. Sarah KENNY, 11. Emily HENDERSON, 12. Liana COOK, 13. Georgia DONALDSON, 14. Cassandra HARVEY, 15. Alexia MORENO, 18. Erika CHILCOTT

Beckenham Angels: 1. Kate BURNS, 3. Annique KEISLER, 4. Jess LINDQUIST, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Roxy DODDS, 7. Janelle ST PIERRE, 8. Jamie LEE-GALE, 9. Danielle CALAUTTI, 10. Kathryn CONROY, 11. Leigha BULLOCK, 12. Stephanie CAIN, 14. Lindsey KENYON, 15, Andrea PREIATO, 16. Katarina JUKIC, 17. Marianna TABAIN

Reference: Football West

COLLEGE LADIES PROGRESS INTO LAST SIXTEEN

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Written by Ronny

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Kalgoorlie College FC sealed a spot into the last sixteen of the Metropolitan Cup after a resounding 3-nil victory over Woodvale SC at Chichester Park on Sunday. A brilliant free kick from Tahlia Fyfe in the first half and an opportunistic strike in the second half by Jemma Merrylees set the Kalgoorlie side on the way to a place in the next round of the Metropolitan Cup.

College took control straight from the first whistle, but were unable to convert their good play into goals.  At the other end, the back line of Teagan Murray, Shanea Young and Heather Kent, marshalled by Captain Lesley Passmore, were kept on their toes by a strong Woodvale forward line.

College opened the scoring half way through the first half after Erricah William was brought down from behind just outside the 18-yard box.  Fyfe stepped up to take the resulting free-kick to bend the ball around the Woodvale wall into the top left corner – a free-kick David Beckham would have been proud of.  From their College never looked back but for all their good play, they were unable to convert their chances.  On their part, Woodvale pressed to find the equalising goal but each time they pushed forward, the College defence stood resolute.

A moment of concern late in the first half when College Strike Anita Dalton went off with a knee injury after a heavy clash with the Woodvale goal-keeper.

The second half of this enthralling and highly entertaining game proved to be a tighter affair as both sides push for that decisive goal – College looking for that two goal cushion while Woodvale was looking for that equalising goal.  Both sides created clear-cut chances early in the second half but neither side managed to takes their chances.  A fine save from Jasamin Camplin, diving at the feet of the Woodvale striker mid-way in the second half ,kept the score-line at 1-nil.

Spurred by the dynamic mid-field of Fyfe and Francesca Murray and tireless work on the wings by Jennifer Hawke, Jemma Merrylees, Shaleah Ah-Tive and Jessica Pearce, College push for a second goal and were ably rewarded when Merrylees pounced on a loose ball after a College corner to smash the ball past the Woodvale keeper.

Having gone two goals down, Woodvale pushed forward in numbers looking to rescue a result but each time they attacked, the College back tree, with the help of a strong defensive midfields of Kent and Jessica Merrylees, stood strong to repel any danger.

College wrapped up the game with 15 minutes to go when the impressive Faith Tiotola, on for the injured Dalton, muscled her way past three defenders before unleashing a root foot shoot into the bottom left hand corner to give College a 3-nil lead.

Away fans celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle, having had time to savour the success of a College team that is participating in the competition for the first time.

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“It’s a great result for us,” Coach Ronny Ah-Tive commented after the game.  “The players want to dedicate it to all the supporter than came down to watch.  I would especially like to thank Tyler Minney, who travelled all the way from Kalgoorlie to watch the ladies play but ended up running the lines for us.”

“It was a good performance, we’re very pleased, but there’s still a long way to go in the cup and obviously we need a little bit of luck in the next draw.  Things went our way and I’m really pleased for the players and, scoring three goals, will boost their confidence.”

“Tiiotola has done absolutely fantastic and is going to be an important player for us.”

“The free-kick from Fyfe was an absolute peach.”

Reference: http://kalgoorliecollegefc.com/college-ladies-progress-into-last-sixteen

De Vanna reveling in Matildas’ success

June 26, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

John Greco @Grecs7
The Westfield Matildas’ historic win over Brazil at the FIFA Women’s World Cup will go down as a monumental moment in Australian footballing history.

But the triumph over the South American powerhouse had special significance for some senior members of Alen Stajcic’s squad.

Veteran players like goal-keeper Melissa Barbieri and co-captains Lisa De Vanna and Claire Polkinghorne have been stalwarts of the Australian side for the last decade.

Despite being involved in numerous World Cup campaigns, it was the first time they had won a knockout-phase match at the tournament.

And De Vanna revealed they let their emotions out in the wake of their memorable 1-0 win over Brazil on Monday morning (AEST).

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“I was crying, [Barbieri] was crying, Polks [Polkinghorne] as well. We’ve been to three or four World Cups and we were so emotional because it’s something we’ve never achieved and it’s always been so close,” De Vanna told Fairfax Media.

GALLERY: Matildas make history in Moncton

“I’m just so proud to be an Australian and so proud to lead the country out. This is what the girls have worked so hard for, so the credit is to them.

“I’m going from highs to lows and everyone was dancing in the change room and I’m crying in the change room. You can tell the difference between the youth and the old.

“You think of your whole career and you get so caught up in the emotions of it. Yes, I have goals just like everyone else and my goal is to take this team as far as it can [go].

“This is a stepping stone and being a co-captain, to be part of that, that’s something nobody can ever take back and that’s a lifetime for me. I’m just super happy to lead these girls.”

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De Vanna has been a major player for the Matildas over the last decade but has taken on more responsibility since being appointed as a co-captain under Stajcic.

And the Melbourne Victory attacker is leading by example for her young teammates in Canada, netting two crucial goals for the tournament despite an ongoing ankle complaint.

Stajcic: We’re not finished yet

The 30-year-old has built a reputation throughout her career as a ruthless striker who will do whatever it takes to win matches and score goals.

While she doesn’t shy away from that tag, De Vanna says there’s much more to her than the fire and brimstone we see on the pitch.

“Everyone’s got this [bad] perspective of me but I’m actually a really nice girl. I’m a really sensitive person who really cares about people,” De Vanna told www.footballaustralia.com.au.

“I might kick people on the field…once I cross the line I’m an animal, I want to win but it doesn’t dictate the way I am as a person.

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“If that was the case I wouldn’t be in the leadership group like I am now. A lot of people have said that what people have said about me is totally different to real life because I am very caring person.

“I’m a very family orientated person. People probably think I like to party but I’m not that type of person.

“I like to spend time with family. When I head back to Perth I try to catch up with the people that mean a lot to me, my nieces and that. It’s all about family.”


Reference: www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/de-vanna-reveling-in-matildas-success/1w6dbn7yh4bppzv3dqqj22dah#GvUJqCGDrtEgb5Ox.99

Matildas create Australian footballing history

June 22, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

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Matildas players celebrate at full time following their 1-0 win over Brazil.

Monday, 22 June 2015

John Greco @Grecs7
They are young, fearless and talented. Now the Westfield Matildas are also history makers after their incredible 1-0 win over Brazil on Monday morning (AEST).

Kyah Simon’s goal not only booked the Matildas a spot in the quarter-finals but also marked the first time an Australian team – men or women – has won a sudden-death match at a FIFA World Cup.

Matildas surge into World Cup quarter finals

What an amazing achievement from Alen Stajcic’s brilliant side.

The Socceroos almost did it in Germany in 2006 but fell to eventual World Cup champion Italy 1-0 in Kaiserslautern in the round of 16.

But there would be no denying this exciting, vibrant, attacking Matildas outfit that has been defying the odds from the outset in Canada.

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Drawn in the “Group of Death” – against USA, Sweden and Nigeria – many thought the young side may struggle to advance from the group stage.

They are now in the last eight and just two wins away from a World Cup final.

This is not the first time the Matildas have made the quarter-finals, having featured there in both the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.

But that was when the tournament had just 16 teams, with 24 in this year’s edition meaning a second-round knockout stage for the first time.

It’s no surprise the entire nation is getting behind the team.

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Many fans started their working week in the early hours to watch the side take on Brazil while Twitter went into meltdown at the final whistle.

Who would back against them going all the way now?


Reference/Read more at http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/matildas-create-australian-footballing-history/e7odp8frisus1jyrjpg0avrp8#TQK2Gow8G4L3DyeC.99

Australia v Nigeria Preview

June 12, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Australia v Nigeria Preview

Australia look to get their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign back on track when they take on African champions  Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg.

Victory for Australia would put them well and truly back into the Group D race for the knockout stages.

The Matildas will be looking to build on their opening match performance which saw them provide the United States with a stern challenge before being overrun late.

It was a match in which Emily van Egmond, Katrina Gorry and Elise Kellond-Knight were instrumental in controlling the midfield and the game for Australia.

A similar performance against “Super Falcons” will go a long way to controlling the encounter and ultimately the result.

Nigeria present a different challenge from the Americans. This is a team that is less structured and certainly more attacking.

In the front four of Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Ngozi Okobi and Francisca Ordega, Nigeria have an exciting, quick and destructive attack.

It was one that time and again caused Sweden significant issues as they found ways in behind the Swedish back four.

“There are no surprises,” said Matildas coach Alen Stajcic when asked about what was learned about Nigeria in their first match.

“They played as I expected they would; really electric, powerful up front, quick, dynamic, good touches on the ball.”

“For all their positives and negatives, they really put on a great performance.”

While BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Oshoala was given many of the headlines, the communication and the interaction between Oparanozie and Ordega as well as the passing of Okobi were key to the Nigeria’s taking apart one of Europe’s powerhouse teams.

Despite that, Stajcic believes Australia will be able and ready to counter the threat.

“We are not exactly slow at the back,” he said.

“Being able to read the game is essential with individual players at the back. As a team we have certainly spoken about that and we have a game plan in place.”

Nigeria’s defence will have some questions of their own to answer against an Australian attack which, but for some spectacular Hope Solo saves, went close to firing Australia to the opening round points.

Like the Nigerians, it is an attack filled with pace but Australia’s different dimension is the ability to also play tempo and possession football.

With Nigeria not as tight at the back as the United States, there will be space for the Matildas to exploit and players like Sam Kerr, who had a quiet opening match by her standards, could find themselves with a little more space to work in.

Stajcic has already flagged that there will be changes to the squad with Lydia Williams, who has recovered from a knock earlier in the week, Kyah Simon and Clare Polkinghorne likely to come into the starting line up for the Melissa Barbieri, Lisa De Vanna and Laura Alleway.

Although with Stajcic, who is known to pull personal and positional surprises, it is not set in stone.

This is the first meeting between the two nations and the stakes are high. While a defeat or draw is not fatal to Australia’s chances of progressing from the group, three points would make all within the camp much more comfortable.

It is all set up for what could be one of the matches of Group D and possibly the tournament.


Match Details

Australia v Nigeria
Winnipeg Stadium
12 June 2015 (local) / 13 June 2015 (Aus)
Kick off: 4.00pm (local time), 7.00 am (AEST)

Live on SBS One and streaming online at theworldgame.sbs.com.au

Standing Committee and Zone Representative Elections

June 12, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

2015 Elections: Nominations due by June 26

The Football West Constitution and By-Laws state that elections for Standing Committees and Zone Representatives must be held every two years.  Since the last elections were held in May/June 2013, Football West has now commenced the 2015 election process.

We  therefore request that clubs co-ordinate meetings in the next two weeks to determine whom they wish to nominate for the positions available.  The probity of the nominations and elections will be overseen by an external consultant.

Nominations

To be nominated as a Zone Representative or Standing Committee Member, a person must be nominated by either of the following, whichever is appropriate:

  1. A Club; or
  2. Two persons

eligible to vote at the relevant election as described in paragraphs 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2, 8.2, 9.2, 10.2 or 11.2 of the Initiates file downloadFootball West By-Laws (By-Law 1).  The nomination must be on the appropriate nomination form at the bottom of this page and forwarded to elections2015@footballwest.com.au.

Permissible Nominations

As a reminder, clubs may nominate:

  • 1 candidate for each competition Standing Committee representing the competitions in which they field teams; and
  • 1 candidate for Zone Representative in the club’s zone.

For example, XYZ Football Club that is located in the North Metropolitan Zone and fields teams in the State League, Men’s Masters League and Junior Girls League may nominate:

  • 1 candidate as Zone Representative for the North Metropolitan Zone;
  • 1 candidate for the State League Standing Committee;
  • 1 candidate for the Amateur, Social & Masters Standing Committee; and
  • 1 candidate for the Junior Standing Committee.

Eligibility to Stand for Election

To be eligible to stand for election a person must be 18 years or older.

Standing Committees may consist of 6 to 10 members nominated by clubs from each of the 10 Zones.  A list of clubs and the zones in which they are located is at the bottom of this page.  Only one person per zone may be appointed or elected to a standing committee in the first instance.

Should more than one nomination be received for a standing committee from the same zone, an election will take place.   Clubs and nominees will be contacted should this occur and the election will take place as soon as practical after nominations close.

The chairs of each Standing Committee together with Zone Representatives will comprise the voting members of Football West – Standing Committee chairs are chosen by the Standing Committees themselves at their first meeting.

This elections process is vital in engaging stakeholder input into the strategic direction our game takes, and will provide a great platform for the sharing of information and learning from all areas of our state.

For those of you intending to stand, I wish you well. Your involvement is hugely appreciated and valued.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Keith Wood on 6181 0715 or via email at Opens window for sending emailkeith.wood@footballwest.com.au.

For below forms go to this link:  http://www.footballwest.com.au/index.php?id=247

Initiates file downloadFootball West By-Laws

Initiates file downloadFootball West Zone Boundaries

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Zone Representative

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Referees Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Coaches Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Women’s Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Futsal Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Junior Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Men’s State League Standing Committee

Initiates file downloadNomination Form – Amateurs, Social & Masters Standing Committee

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Matildas lose to USA but earn the plaudits

June 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

John Greco @Grecs7
The Westfield Matildas pushed USA to their absolute limits but fell to a desperately unlucky 3-1 defeat in their World Cup Group D opener in Winnipeg.

Despite dominating the first half the Matildas fell behind to Megan Rapinoe’s deflected early goal before Lisa De Vanna capped her 100th international cap with a brilliant equaliser.

The world’s second-ranked side then showed their class after the break and made the most of their opportunities, with Christen Press’ strike and a second goal for Rapinoe icing the result.

GALLERY: Spirited Matildas go down to USA

It’s now 25 games without a win over the USA for the Matildas but this was a performance that showed they aren’t far away from breaking through.

The Aussies out-played the tournament-favourites for long periods – especially in the first half – only faltering as they tired later in the match.

But there were brilliant performers all over the park and they should be confident of getting results against both Sweden and Nigeria in their next two games to progress to the quarter-finals.

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It was an explosive start from the Matildas who took the game the USA right from the kick-off.

Only an outstanding save from Hope Solo denied the Aussies an early lead as she tipped Emily van Egmond’s powerful drive onto the crossbar.

The Matildas were thrilling going forward and well-organised at the back as they dominated a shell-shocked USA.

But a cruel piece of luck for Alen Stajcic’s side saw the two-time World Cup-winners take the lead on 12 minutes.

Ex-Sydney FC attacker Rapinoe won the ball just outside the box and shot towards goal, her effort taking a wicked deflection off Laura Alleway and nestling in the bottom corner, giving Melissa Barbieri no chance.

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Not rattled by going behind, the Matildas continued to press forward, with Kerr’s stunning volley drawing another fine save from Solo just a minute later before De Vanna blazed high and wide after being teed-up by van Egmond.

But the co-captain’s next contribution would be more telling.

Sam Kerr and Alleway combined to find Michelle Heyman in the box and she touched the ball into the path of De Vanna, who fired it home for a well-deserved equaliser.

It was the livewire 30-year-old’s fifth World Cup goal and she equaled Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill’s record of scoring at three consecutive World Cups.

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The goal was no more than the Aussies deserved and ensured they had the momentum heading into the second half.

The Matildas were forced to absorb a bit more pressure after the break with US defender Julie Johnston going close early on with a header which went straight at Barbieri.

The pace of De Vanna and Kerr was still causing America problems on the counter-attack but out of almost nothing the Matildas fell behind again on the hour.

Sydney Leroux broke down the left and cut the ball back for Press who placed the ball brilliantly in the far corner.

Kyah Simon came on for Kerr with 20 minutes left as the Matildas looked to exploit her pace in behind the central defenders.

Van Egmond tested Solo again with a long-range effort soon after as the Matildas upped the intensity in their search of another equalizer.

But Rapinoe scored a superb solo goal 12 minutes from time taking advantage of some tired defence to finish off the brave Matildas.

Match Details

Australia 1 (De Vanna 27’)

USA 3 (Rapinoe 12’, 78’, Press 61’)

Crowd: 31,148 @ Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg

Westfield Matildas starting line-up: 18.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 5.Laura ALLEWAY (3.Ashleigh SYKES 83’), 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Steph CATLEY, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10.Emily van EGMOND, 11.Lisa DE VANNA (c), 19.Katrina GORRY (14.Alanna KENNEDY 80’), 20.Samantha KERR, 23.Michelle HEYMAN (17.Kyah SIMON 69’)

USA starting line-up: 1.Hope SOLO (gk), 2.Sydney LEROUX (13.Alex MORGAN 79’), 4.Becky SAUERBRUNN, 10.Carli LLOYD, 11.Ali KRIEGER, 12.Lauren HOLIDAY, 15.Megan RAPINOE (14.Morgan BRIAN 86’), 19.Julie JOHNSTON, 20.Abby WAMBACH (c), 22.Meghan KLINGENBERG, 23.Christen PRESS (17.Tobin HEATH 68’)


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