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Prolific Kerr sets new US scoring record

Bridgeview: Australian striker Sam Kerr made her latest entry to the record books, breaking her own record to set a new individual season scoring mark in the US-based National Women’s Soccer League on Saturday.

The Matildas goal machine and 2017 AFC Women’s Player of the Year found the back of the net twice in Chicago Red Stars’ 3-1 win over Washington Spirit, taking her season tally to 18; one more than the previous record she set in 2017.

Kerr’s 18 goals have come in just 20 appearances, and despite her missing a month of league football due to Australia’s participation in FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, where she scored five goals in four matches.

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The new record is one of several NWSL marks held by Kerr, who is the league’s all-time top scorer as well as holding records for most hat-tricks in a season and sharing the honour for most goals in a match.

Kerr has also been the league’s top scorer for the past two seasons and, currently sitting seven clear of North Carolina courage forward Lynn Williams, looks certain to make it three in a row. She has also been named the league’s Player of the Week on five separate occasions this term.

Both of Kerr’s strikes against Washington were of the highest quality, with the 26-year-old also providing an assist for Japanese teammate Yuki Nagasato in a superb individual performance which took Chicago back to second on the table.

The Australian captain is expected to be back in international action when the Matildas face Chile in two home friendlies in November, before Ante Milicic’s side gear up to participate in the Final Round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers early next year.

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