Robyn W. McNeil

Sam Kerr, Lindsey Horan and Aubrey Bledsoe receive NWSL Week 12 honors

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday that Sam Kerr was selected as the league’s Player of the Week.

The award doesn’t come as a surprise since the 23-year-old scored an awe-inspiring hat trick to lift Sky Blue to a comeback victory over FC Kansas City on Saturday. In the 78th minute, the New Jersey squad was down 2-0 until Kerr unleashed her inner scoring beast to net three goals in 12 minutes.

The Australian international humbly attests that those goals were not the result of a one-woman show:

“It takes more than one player to win a game, and we had many other people who played well this weekend,” Kerr stated in Sky Blue’s press release. “To come back from being down two-nil in the 78th minute really shows our team character. Everyone on our team played their part, including the subs as well as beyond the subs. Overall, it was a massive team effort. It is nice to feel the love from everyone, but the team deserves this more than me.”

Kerr has now surpassed Jess McDonald as the NWSL’s all-time leading scorer with 35 goals. The striker has been named NWSL Player of the Week twice this season and Player of the Month of May and June.

Goal of the Week: Lindsey Horan

Portland’s midfielder Lindsey Horan came up big for the Thorns in the 90th minute against the Houston Dash. Just in the knick of time, Horan launched a direct kick into the upper right 90 for the equalizer. The Thorns escaped a loss on the road by settling for a 1-1 draw.

Save of the Week: Aubrey Bledsoe

Shut. Down.

Aubrey Bledsoe of the Orlando Pride made a massive block against the Washington Spirit when she came out to defend a breakaway in the 28th minute. Bledsoe’s paws denied Tori Huster’s shot and the Spirit had to reset their attack. Orlando and Washington also settled for a tie in Week 12 with the final score at 2-2.

On Saturday, Portland Thorns will face the North Carolina Courage at 3:30 p.m., while Sky Blue play the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. ET. The Orlando Pride will follow at 7:30 p.m. to play against FC Kansas City.

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