Savannah McCaskill looked hungry right from the start.
It was only two minutes into Saturday’s W-League Grand Final, and the Sydney FC attacker slipped in behind Perth Glory’s back line, sized up a bouncing service and fired a shot off the crossbar. Four minutes later, she assisted on Sydney’s opening goal.
Just before halftime, McCaskill scored a goal of her own with a fantastic flicked header, and then added another tally on the other side of the break, pouncing on a loose ball off a corner kick. That goal ended up being the game-winner; the South Carolina native went on to win Player of the Match honors as Sydney took home their third championship.
The W-League — much like McCaskill herself — remains an enigma of sorts. The Australian top flight is a wild amalgamation of international stars, American players on the fringe of their own national team, teenagers and semi-professionals. Like the wide variety of talent in the W-League, McCaskill herself evokes a broad spectrum of opinions in regards to her ability, and does so despite her impressive resume.
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