CHICAGO – Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 15 of the 2018 NWSL season.
Kerr, 24, became the first player in NWSL history to score 50 career goals on Saturday night with a three-goal performance to lead Chicago to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. In addition, she became the first NWSL player to record three hat tricks with the latest marking the 14th hat trick in league history.
The Fremantle, Australia native scored her first goal in the 40th minute receiving a pass from forward Alyssa Mautz as the top of the box. Kerr collected the pass and fired a low shot into the lower left corner past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan for the 1-0 lead. (Watch highlights)
The Australia international netted her second of the game as forward Yuki Nagasato played a ball over the top where she took the ball in stride and beat Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan for a 2-0 advantage. This strike made history as the 50th goal of her NWSL career.
In the 63rd minute, Kerr recorded her third goal of the night running onto a pass in behind the defense once again from Nagasato and firing a right-footed shot in the left corner to give her team a 3-0 lead.
Kerr played all 90 minutes of the game and finished with 10 shots, six shots on goal and three chances created on 58 touches, according to Opta. She is now the leading scorer in the NWSL with eight goals on the season.
It is the sixth time Kerr has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the thirteenth time a member of Red Stars has won the award.
The Chicago Red Stars will return to action Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. CT against Seattle Reign FC at Toyota Park in Chicago.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.