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W-League: Kelsey Wys tears ACL in Newcastle win

Kelsey Wys (18) tore her ACL over the weekend, ending her Australian season and likely impacting her 2017 NWSL campaign. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Kelsey Wys (18) tore her ACL over the weekend, ending her Australian season and likely impacting her 2017 NWSL campaign. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

In week 3, all four Westfield W-League games were played on Sunday, November 20 with Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC securing victories to pull joint level with idle Melbourne City, who have a game in hand on both teams, at the top of the table.

Newcastle Jets defeated Perth Glory 1-0 before a home crowd of 3,650. Newcastle won its second consecutive game, after defeating Melbourne Victory 4-0 last week on the road. A Jen Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) penalty just after half time was all the scoring that the Jets needed. Hoy left the game after 65 minutes. Fellow American goalkeeper Kelsey Wys (Washington Spirit) fell awkwardly and had to be substituted in the 12th minute with a torn ACL. 20-year-old substitute Claire Coelho picked up Wys and shut out the Glory the rest of way.

Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars) and Megan Oyster (who just this week was traded from the Washington Spirit to the Boston Breakers) played 90 minutes for the winners. For Perth, Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars), Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue FC) and Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) all started, with Di Bernardo subbing out in the 73rd minute for Australian defender Shawn Billam, who is in her sixth season with the Glory. Mexican international defender Arianna Romero (ex-Houston Dash) and Australian international Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC) also played 90 minutes for Perth.

first win for Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers won their first game of the season by defeating Adelaide United at home 2-1, with American import Paige Nielsen (Seattle Reign FC) scoring the late winner five minutes from the final whistle. American forward Katie Stengel (Washington Spirit) scored her first W-League goal in her second game for the Wanderers in the 59th minute while former Australian U-17 international forward Adriana Jones tied up the match 2 minutes later for her third career W-League goal and second of the season, having joined Adelaide from Newcastle Jets before the season started. For the Wanderers, Americans Kendall Fletcher (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Arlitt (FC Kansas City), Nielsen and Stengel all played 90 minutes, while for Adelaide, NWSL loanees  Monica of Brazil (Orlando Price), Danielle Colaprico, Sofia Huerta and Katie Naughton (all three from Chicago Red Stars) did the same.

Paige Nielsen’s 85th minute winner was her first goal in Red & Black.

Caberra upset Brisbane Roar

Canberra United surprised host Brisbane Roar, winning 1-0 on a late Ashleigh Sykes goal for their first points of the season in front of a solid Brisbane crowd of 1,613. Canberra now has a 6-9-5 (W-L-T) all-time record in this battle of traditional powerhouses, who have eight Grand Finals appearances between them in eight W-League seasons (two in which they faced each other with one win each). NWSL loanees Hayley Raso and Celeste Boureille (both Portland Thorns FC) played the entire match, while Jasmyne Spencer (Orlando Pride) subbed out at half-time with an apparent ankle injury and Stephanie Ochs (Houston Dash) left the game in injury time. For the Roar, Maddy Evans (Orlando Pride) played 90 minutes as did Danish import Nina Frausing-Pedersen, who played collegiately in the U.S. at the University of Texas and University of California.

Sydney win second straight to keep pace

Sydney FC defeated Melbourne Victory on the road 2-1 for the Sky Blues second consecutive win in front of a gate of 339. Australian international Alanna Kennedy (Western New York Flash) and Australian U-20 midfielder Remy Siemsen scored in the first half for Sydney while the Boston Breakers loanee Natasha Dowie scored a late goal for the Victory, her third of the season. Victory are now bottom of the table with Adelaide United on 1 point and must turn things around quickly to avoid another disappointing season, having finished bottom last season. For Sydney, Australian NWSL players Caitlin Foord (Sky Blue FC), Kyah Simon (Boston Breakers) and Kennedy all played 90 minutes. For Melbourne, Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Seattle Reign) and Dowie all played the entire match.

Melbourne City had the week off

table

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

round four

Sydney vs Brisbane, 11pm EST (Friday)
Canberra vs Newcastle, 12am EST (Saturday)
Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory, 10:30pm EST (Saturday)
Sydney FC vs Adelaide United, 1am EST (Sunday)

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