July 11, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Chicago Red Stars
CHICAGO – Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr was unanimously voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 12 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Kerr, 23, scored the 11th hat trick in NWSL history to lead Sky Blue FC to a 3-2 home victory over FC Kansas City as the Jersey outfit became just the second team in the league to rally from a two-goal deficit to win. It was just the eighth time in the NWSL that a team has come back to win a game when trailing at the 75-minute mark and the first time a team was able come from two back to earn all three points.
The Fremantle, Australia native scored in the 78th, 81st and 90th minutes to complete the latest started hat trick in league history and the second quickest in terms of the time between all three goals. The first goal came with her team trailing 2-0 in the 78th minute as she powered a header past FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart after she got on the end of a pinpoint cross from Kelley O’Hara.
The second goal came three minutes later in the 81st as Kerr smashed home a right-footed shot 14 yards out after an intricate exchange between Daphne Corboz and Raquel Rodriguez. In addition to leveling the score in the match at 2-2, the goal also made Kerr the all-time leading scorer in NWSL history as she moved past North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald (33 goals).
The Australia international completed her first hat trick in the league in the 90th minute with the 35th goal of her NWSL career as she got position on her defender, collected a pass from Taylor Lytle and duly slotted it past Barnhart to score for the third time in the span of 12 minutes. It was also another historic tally for Kerr – giving her 49 points for her career as she moved past former Seattle Reign midfielder Kim Little (48 points) for the most all-time.
It is the second time this season and fourth time overall Kerr has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the eighth time a Sky Blue FC player has won the award. She joins former Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn (6), FC Kansas City forward Sydney Leroux (4) and Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi Kawasumi (4) as the only players to accomplish the feat on four occasions.
Sky Blue FC will return to action Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET against the Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.