By Libby Caldwell
As Semester 1 comes to a close, we thought it was time to take a look back at our UWA-Nedlands women’s soccer performance so far this season.
After eight games, the team sits proudly at the top of the Women’s State League table with twelve games left.
After suffering a heartbreaking loss in the pre-season Night Series final, the team has only lost two of their games since. There has been no shortage of goals, with twenty-seven scored in eight games. Ashely Harling has netted eight, leading the league’s ‘Golden Boot’ competition. Impressively, nine players have made it to the scoresheet, a testament to how generous this team is.
UWA was arguably given the toughest Cup draw possible when they were drawn to face Perth RedStar FC in Round one of the Hyundai Women’s State Cup on June 8th. RedStar is currently unbeaten in the NPLW, a league above UWA Nedlands. After ultimately being defeated by five goals, UWA performed better against RedStar than multiple NPLW teams this season, an admirable feat.
The team have a chance to build on momentum heading into the second half of the season. On Sunday, they held second-place, an always intimidating, South West Phoenix FC to a 2-2- draw. If they can secure a few more victories over the coming weeks, they’ll be an incredible force to reckon with.
UWA Nedlands’ next game is against Mandurah City on Sunday, June 26th. Catch the action at UWA Sports Park from 1 pm, where UWA have a chance to go three points clear at the top of the table.