Sydney FC takes over W-League top spot after derby win

Tim Grainey December 30, 2016 46

Sydney FC defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney Derby to climb to the top of the W-League table. (photo courtesy Westfield W-League)

Sydney FC captured top stop in the Westfield W-League standings with a 2-1 derby win at Western Sydney Wanderers on December 30. Sydney FC now has 18 points, with one more game played then second- and third-place clubs Perth Glory and Canberra United, who are both on 16 points. NWSL loanees accounted for all the goals in the game, with the Wanderers Katie Stengel (Washington Spirit) opening the scoring with her fifth tally of the season in the 23rd minute. Western New York Flash defender Alanna Kennedy scored in the 35th minute, her second of the year before Kyah Simon (Boston Breakers) scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, also her second goal of the year with both coming from penalty kicks. For Sydney, Australian NWSL players Caitlin Foord (ex-Sky Blue FC), Nigerian international Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit), Kennedy and Simon played the entire match. Western Sydney’s American imports Kendall Fletcher (Seattle Reign), Paige Nielsen (ex-Seattle Reign) and Stengel (Washington Spirit) all played 90 minutes, while Alex Arlitt (FC Kansas City) did not play.

Sydney FC retained its dominance in the Harbour City derby, having won both games this season and are 8-1-1 all-time against the five-year-old Wanderers. Western Sydney now sits in sixth in the standings, just two points adrift of a playoff berth.

Canberra United 2, Melbourne Victory 1

Canberra United defeated Melbourne Victory on the road 2-1 on December 28 to sit third in the standings with 16 points. Before an AAMI Park crowd of 1,963 fans, seventeen-year-old Nikki Flannery and veteran Ashleigh Sykes (with an 89th minute winner from the penalty spot) led the way with the goals, each scoring their third in consecutive games and fourth of the season. Natasha Dowie scored her fifth goal of the season for the home side; the Victory remain on 3 points and look to have missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. For Canberra NWSL loanees Stephanie Ochs (Houston Dash) and Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) both started while striker Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride) came on as a substitute in the 13th minute for Canberra United captain, Australian international and former Western New York Flash forward Michelle Heyman, who had to leave the field on a stretcher. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) came on in the 56th minute for Flannery.

For Melbourne Victory, Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Seattle Reign) and Dowie played the entire match. Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash) did not play but was on the bench as a reserve, working her way back from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season.

Adelaide United 2, Newcastle Jets 2

Two teams that desperately needed a win, bottom side Adelaide United and seventh place Newcastle Jets—rapidly sliding out of the playoff reckoning—each came away with one point in a 2-2 tie on December 29 in Adelaide. Twenty-one year old Adriana Jones scored her fourth goal of the season to put the Reds in front in the 14th minute but eight minutes later the Jet’s Jenna Kinglsey tied the game. In the second half, seventeen year old Australian international Alexandra Chidiac scored just after the restart (46th minute) for the Reds while Kingsley scored again from the penalty spot five minutes later after an infraction was called on Adelaide keeper Eliza Campbell. Campbell is an Australian youth international who previously played for the Jets as well as for two Norwegian sides. For Adelaide United, NWSL loanees Monica of Brazil (Orlando Pride)—back from international play with Brazil–Danielle Colaprico, Sofia Huerta and Katie Naughton (all from the Chicago Red Stars) played the entire match. For Newcastle, Katelyn Rowland (Western New York Flash) in goal, Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers) and Jen Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) all played 90 minutes, while Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars) did not play as she was resting a quad pull. Newcastle remains in seventh place (8 points) while Adelaide United is now at the bottom of the table with Melbourne Victory (3 points).

Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City and Perth Glory all had byes this round.

Table After Nine Rounds

1. Sydney FC (6-2-0, 18 pts, +6)
2. Perth Glory (5-1-1, 16 pts., +8)
3. Canberra United (5-1-1, 16 pts, +9)
4. Melbourne City (4-3-0, 12 pts, +3)
5. Brisbane Roar (3-4-1, 10 pts, -3)
6. Western Sydney Wanderers (3-4-1, 10 pts, -4)
7. Newcastle Jets (2-4-2, 8 pts, -1)
8. Melbourne Victory (0-5-3, 3 pts, -11)
9. Adelaide United (0-4-3, 3 pts, -7)

Round Ten

Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory, 12:00 am EST (Sunday)
Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets, 3:00 am EST (Monday)
Melbourne City vs Adelaide United, 3:15 am EST (Monday)
Sydney FC vs Canberra United, 12:00 am EST (Tuesday)

  • guest

    EQ … continue to appreciate the Australian W-league coverage.

    minor nitpick … article identifies most NWSL players with NWSL team affiliations but seems to overlook that Natasha Dowie is on loan from Boston to Melbourne Victory

    • Bruce

      Maybe that’s because Boston doesn’t have a professional WoSo team.

      • mockmook

        Just wait ’til after the draft!!! (He confidently interjects — somehow forgetting that the Breakers will manage to screw this all up)

        • Bruce

          Backline Soccer is running a four-part series reviewing each prior NWSL draft. It’s a nice summary, but has got to be a tough read for Breakers fans.

          http://backlinesoccer.com/woso-rewind-the-2013-college-draft/

          • mockmook

            Thanks for the link/article!!!

            But, the articles would be better if they noted who every player was traded for (for those who were traded away).

            2014 looks especially bad for Boston — just the sheer number of picks that didn’t pan out.

          • JL

            That would make it too long.

            BTW, 2015 was worse for Boston. I have a feeling that when the next edition is released, that the Breakers will be picked as the loser.

          • mockmook

            Hindsight 20/20 and all that — Boston could likely have picked up the following players in the 2014 draft:

            Laddish (change)
            Menges (change)
            Reeves
            Pathman
            Niemiec (change)

          • Steglitz49

            The fascinating observation is that Boston’s attendances have been going up in spite of their abysmal record on the pitch. If they can get their game up to scratch they could be a WoSo powerhouse.

          • mockmook

            More 20/20 hindsight — 2013 draft:

            Kat Williamson (change)
            Jen Hoy (change)
            Hayley Kopmeyer (change)
            Maddy Evans

          • Steglitz49

            You’ve lost me with your list of names both this and the previous one.

            In 2017 and 2018 no college senior worth her salt would voluntarily join the NWSL. Playing on a windswept pitch on the Faroe Islands would be preferable to the NWSL.

            There are so many teams around the world happy to welcome an American lass to their starting XI that failing to pull one should count against you for the rest of their careers.

          • mockmook

            2015 Boston hindsight — scrap their whole draft and take these instead:

            Dydasco
            Church
            Kleiner
            Privett
            Elby

          • mockmook

            And, finally (yeah, I know Breakers fan and I are the only ones who care about this) here is what Boston should have done in 2016:

            Skroski (change)
            Ratcliffe
            A.Smith

          • mockmook

            So, in conclusion, if BOS had grown organically and made wise picks (including in the Supplemental Draft in 2013), then you could have had something like this for your team in 2016:

            http://drawformation.com/post/5867f02e7e51f/sm-5867f02e7e51f.png

          • Steglitz49

            That initial 2013 year cooked their goose but at last they seem to be climbing out of the bean-stew of their own making.

      • Steglitz49

        Boston WoSo was dreadfully mismanaged during the first season. Why action was not taken sooner is beyond comprehension. The only person to benefit from that mess was Alyssa Naeher.

        Oddly enough, Boston’s attendance grew last season so there is hope for them yet.

  • Som Termanni

    Blessed to have Opta stats for the W-League matches to help appreciate the players who aren’t scoring goals. For instance, Celeste Boureille completed 91.5% of more than 40 passes, all four of her tackles were successful, and added two interceptions for CU. By far the best ball control and distribution stats on either team. That it was as close a match as it was despite a 17-8 shot advantage is a testament to the Victory’s defense. It’s a shame Dowie can’t find a team to play on that wins.
    Heyman is clear of “major damage” per CU this morning, and Raso should be back to playing at least 45 minutes on her own recovery, all on top of Lisa de bloody Vanna joining the team for their next match after sitting out most of the season in pursuit of a coaching certificate.

    • Steglitz49

      Thanks for the info about Lisa De Vanna. Hope she becomes a great coach of the order of Jack Charlton.

      Does Natasha Dowie carry baggage?

      Let’s trust Celeste Boureille has a good 2017 with Portland though given that the USWNT midfield seems to be spoken for and access blocked till 2020, maybe try a walk on the wild side and play abroad, not just in Englishspeaking Australia in their summer.

    • Tom F

      is there any link to these ‘Opta stats’?

      • mockmook

        The W-League site has them:

        http://www.w-league.com.au/results/684/2016/0/6

        That link is to Round 6 — but you can select whatever week/match you want.

        Then, click on the MATCH STATS “button”

        But, it appears the matches might have a delay in getting the full stats (so the button isn’t there for the most recent matches).

        Here’s a screen cap (not a link)

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/faf4c29714bc3415e9b350f87b70fd66e029b0b107c194781daef38a2b5cfac4.png

        • Rdalford

          The Opta match stats are updated in near real time for the W-league match of the week matches that are broadcast on TV by Fox Sports Australia. As you note there is a delay for match stats for the non TV matches, which are usually updated within a day or so (after one assumes the statistics folks get a chance to review the match on tape).

  • mockmook

    I’m going out on a limb and say that this was a foul:

    http://equalizersoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Sydney-Derby.jpg

    • Tom F

      The FB, Carpenter*who’s getting fouled) is a 16 year old and almost an year veteran of the Matlidas( blieve she made their Olympics squad). What I’ve read is that WSW had a half dozen girls playing that were in the 15-17 year old range. Got the feeling with barely any pay and no college ball, most Australians barely get into their 20’s before retiring(unless their real good).
      A couple of things that hurts them; the biggest female sport by far is something called Netball(think of basketball without a back board), Plus they’ve also fielded strong teams in softball, field hockey, rugby & basketball, all which probably take a away talent & money from soccer

      • Steglitz49

        There is a lot of money for the ladies in Netball in Australia. Without going into details, netball differs from basketball in that only certain players are allowed to score. Field hockey has long been big in Australia as is ladies cricket — Ellyse Perry, the female Botham, for example.

        Why not more Aussie girls do not try for US colleges, I am not sure. Maybe the cost is too high and the best US soccer colleges are also top academically, so maybe too hard to make it worthwhile.

        • Tom F

          basketballer Lauren Jackson got a $1.2 million contract over 3 years playing for the Canbera Capitals, and still was allowed to play pro in other leagues(as long as it didn’t conflict). Russian pro basketball clubs will even pay more that that. Wonder why the money isn’t no where that good in woso?

          • Steglitz49

            I suspect that the difference between BroSo and WoSo is too big plus that soccer is an outdoor sport.

            Women’s handball pays well. No doubt there is a substantial difference between women’s and men’s handball and even more in basketball. Both sports are indoor.

            But soccer is in a different league. The men’s game is faster, the passes crisper, the crosses longer and the general level of skill a bit higher. In comparison, WoSo is boring. Why pay to watch paint dry?

  • Rdalford

    Australian A-league club, Central Coast Mariners, on Friday (30th Dec 2016) announced intention to form a W-league team for 2017/18 season.
    from club web site announcement

    The Central Coast Mariners are today excited to confirm its intention to acquire a Westfield W-League Licence ahead of the 2017/18 season.
    Today, the club formally advised Football Federation Australia (FFA) of its aim and are also preparing to present a proposal to FFA to join the competition from as early as the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.
    Central Coast Mariners’ Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Mielekamp spoke of the excitement surrounding the club’s Westfield W-League bid and what it means for women’s football in Australia.
    “The club has been quietly working hard behind the scenes for the last 18 months to understand what a Mariners W-League team will look like and it is with great energy and confidence that today we make the significant step forward on this journey,” Mielekamp said. “It will be crucial that the pathways and representation of not only the Central Coast but the Northern Suburbs and North Sydney regions are strong with our W-League team.”

    Read more at http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/club-statement-mariners-ready-for-westfield-w-league/15p1ljjeh6jsw18ferhxhhoh84#fyjK1wPbwMEOzBxj.99

    – See more at: http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/club-statement-mariners-ready-for-westfield-w-league/15p1ljjeh6jsw18ferhxhhoh84#sthash.EUBguglQ.dpuf

    Read more at http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/club-statement-mariners-ready-for-westfield-w-league/15p1ljjeh6jsw18ferhxhhoh84#fyjK1wPbwMEOzBxj.99

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    • mockmook

      Great News!!!

      And, it balances out the league — an even number of teams.

      • Steglitz49

        The problem for Australia is that there Matildas are stuck at the QF stage in the big events.

        Maybe losing Ellyse Perry to cricket cost more than they like to admit?

  • Steglitz49

    Foreign invasion of US college soccer. We all know about FSU and their foreign players and that many of the players in Mexico, Canada and latin-american countries are a US colleges and even have dual nationalities, but this link which I found by accident freaked me out:
    http://www.lindseyathletics.com/roster/0/3.php

    No less than 5 players from Sweden, 3 from Paraguay, 2 from Serbia, and 1 each from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, The Netherlands and Peru. Vow! What is going on? What’s up?

    Are there more colleges like this one, catering to foreign lasses?

    • Rdalford

      Lindsey Wilson College is 4-year private (Methodist I think) college that for athletics is an NAIA school that competes in Mid South Conference.

      Some foreign players end up at the NCAA Division 2 or NAIA level because (in general) these levels have fewer rules and regulations (but also less overall scholarship money) in regards to foreign players.

      for what it is worth some info below on NCAA & NAIA borrowed from a couple of sports recruiting web sites

      The NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) and NAIA (The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) have a few key differences. Which school and applicable association is better for a student depends on one’s goals as a student athlete. Understanding the difference between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) before deciding which school to consider is useful. NCAA schools often fall on the larger end of the spectrum, at least when it comes to Division I athletics. NCAA Division II and III and NAIA colleges and universities generally have much smaller student bodies.

      NCAA
      The NCAA was formed in 1906 and is a larger association representing bigger schools and universities. NCAA schools are organised into three divisions, D1, D2, and D3.
      NCAA Division 1 schools are typically the largest universities, and compete in a minimum of 14 sports for both males and females. These schools often have world-class facilities, attract the top athletes in the country, and receive the most media attention.
      NCAA Division 2 schools are smaller than D1 schools, and student athletes usually finance their education with a combination of athletic and educational scholarships.
      Division 3 schools are the smallest of the NCAA institutions. D3 schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships.

      NAIA
      The NAIA was established in 1937 and is a smaller association. It is made up of smaller 4-year colleges throughout the United States, and competitive levels are comparable to NCAA D2 schools.

      There are talented players in both the NAIA and NCAA D2 schools, and both have excellent opportunities for education and athletic achievement.

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you. Much obliged. You are a mint of info.

        I guess the fees are lower at these colleges than at Stanford and Duke, even State univs like Rutgers and Berkeley.

      • mockmook

        Speaking of D2, I guess there is a possibility that Marti Corbi of GVSU might become the first (that I know of) D2 player in the NWSL in 2017

        Never saw her, but some rate her highly.

        http://www.gvsulakers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4710&path=wsoc

        • Rdalford

          Angela Salem, who attended Francis Marion University, almost qualifies as D2. Francis Marion is NCAA D2 level in most sports however it is D1 for women’s soccer (and men’s golf)

          • JL

            Not anymore. They dropped down to D2.

  • Forgedias

    Ashley Lawrence is signing with PSG in France. It isn’t official yet since Ashley hasn’t signed yet but news broke from the canal website.

    http://canal-supporters.com/2016/12/f-ashley-lawrence-est-arrivee-a-paris/

    • Steglitz49

      A day behind the times but thank you for informing us.

      • Forgedias

        Ahh this was already talked about? Ok then good to know.

        • Steglitz49

          It bears repeating. It is a significant signing. Patrice Lair is a great coach.

          There is a rumor that Kadeisha Buchanan will take the Lyon Euro. By all means keep us posted on that one. Maybe she is going to one of the other D1 teams, like Montpellier, Juvisy or St Etienne, also, though less likely, Marseille, Guingamp or Rodez.

  • guest

    Australian W-league – after round 10 matches Sydney FC continues atop the table.

    from w-league site
    Sydney FC demolished Canberra United at Lambert Park with their best performance of the season to win 6-1 on Tuesday.
    A brace to Remy Siemsen and goals to Nicola Bolger, Kyah Simon, Francisca Ordega and Leena Khamis guided the Sky Blues to their biggest win of the season as Yukari Kinga got her name on the scoresheet for the visitors.

    – See more at: http://www.w-league.com.au/article/sky-blues-thrash-canberra/ke37nelc55tv1nyab3hjwi4v8#sthash.4woxXpAP.dpuf

    Read more at http://www.w-league.com.au/article/sky-blues-thrash-canberra/ke37nelc55tv1nyab3hjwi4v8#SeGB1Bd4bmGQwt6h.99

    • guest

      W-league standings after 10 rounds

      1. Sydney FC (7-2-0, 21 pts, +11)
      2. Perth Glory (5-1-2, 17 pts., +8)
      3. Canberra United (5-2-1, 16 pts, +4)
      4. Melbourne City (4-3-1, 11 pts, +3)
      5. Western Sydney Wanderers (3-4-1, 10 pts, -4)
      6. Brisbane Roar (3-5-1, 10 pts, -6)
      7. Newcastle Jets (2-4-3, 9 pts, -1)
      8. Melbourne Victory (1-5-3, 6 pts, -8)
      9. Adelaide United (0-4-4, 4 pts, -7)

      • guest

        typo re Melbourne City should be (13 points)
        4. Melbourne City (4-3-1, 13 pts, +3)

        • Steglitz49

          7-2-0 ought to be 23 pts, not 21.

          • guest

            Since I cut & pasted the standings from the article above where the results are listed in wins – loss – draw order
            (so 7-2-0 is 7 wins, 2 losses, and 0 draws and 21 points)
            although I prefer listing results in win – draw – loss order
            but since I was borrowing (cut & paste) I did not adjust

          • Steglitz49

            Thanks for the explanation.

            I apologize.

    • Steglitz49

      I thought that Yukari Kinga, Japan’s right back (wingback if you prefer), had retired. Good to see her enjoying life, liberty, sun and beach in Australia whilst pursuing soccer and happiness.