Whew. Down 2-0 before 30 minutes had elapsed, Australian international Sam Kerr decided enough was enough and redirected a cross with a backwards swipe from the bottom of her right boot to find the first of what would turn into four Sky Blue goals. For Kerr, the goal was number 17 on the year, a new single-season record for the NWSL.
Why does the camera follow Boston Breaker Allysha Chapman instead of Sam Kerr after the goal? Nobody knows. That's as mysterious as Chappy herself. The lens just draws itself to her, and won't let go.
Kerr has been the best player in the world this year, for club(s) and country. She's a joy to watch play, and has an exceptional ability to track the movement of any airborne pass and adjust her run to be in an optimal position to continue her attack. However, as her coach noted, her zeal to get forward earned her not only the most goals for 2017 (as well as the most shots and shots on goal), but the most offside calls as well.
After the match, both Kerr and Coach David Hodgson reflected on Sky Blue's wild season of high-scoring results. For the Breakers, it was another frustrating night for Head Coach Matt Beard, who saw his team unable to hold on to a 2-0 advantage. Both early goals for the Breakers came from the head of Natasha Dowie, who finished the season tied with Jess Fishlock and Ashley Hatch with seven goals.
Dowie and Kerr will feature for the Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory respectively in the upcoming Australian W-League season. Get your VPNs and caffeine ready, it's going to be a great season for NWSL talent in Australia.