Two goals from Sam Kerr on Saturday lead Sky Blue FC to a much needed three points in the team’s 3-1 win on the road against Portland Thorns FC.
But the goals were also important on a personal level for Kerr, whose 15 tallies for Sky Blue give her the club record, eclipsing the previous mark of 13 goals held by Nadia Nadim.
Coming into the season, Kerr had 11 goals since arriving in New Jersey in 2015. The Australia international was acquired by Sky Blue FC through a late 2014 trade with the Western New York Flash, which is where she spent her first two professional campaigns. For her NWSL career, Kerr has now recorded 30 goals and 14 assists.
“We are so proud of Sam, and we know how hard she has worked to regain full fitness after enduring some serious injuries in the past,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We have nothing but full confidence that this is just the beginning of what will be a very special time for Sam and Sky Blue FC in the coming years. She is one of the most dangerous and most exciting players in women’s world soccer. We are so fortunate and proud to have her wearing the Sky Blue FC jersey.”
“Obviously, this is a massive honor, but scoring goals is more of a reflection of the team that I have around me,” Kerr said. “I would not be able to score these goals if it was not for my teammates, and I am just so lucky to be part of such an amazing club. We have a really good team this year and hopefully have a lot more goals coming over the remainder of the season.”
This club distinction continues what has been a tremendous year for Kerr. After receiving the Julie Dolan Medal as the 2016-17 Westfield W-League Most Valuable Player in April, she was named the NWSL Player of the Month in May and now finds herself just one goal off the NWSL lead of five goals scored (which includes her teammate Sarah Killion).