It was a big weekend in the W-League, with Round 14 results securing the playoff picture and setting up a battle of Pride players in the semifinal round. Meanwhile in Spain, Monica and Atlético Madrid looked to extend its point streak to six games.
Take a look back at the weekend that was:
W-League (Australia): Round 14
Melbourne City FC 3, Newcastle Jets 0 (recap / highlights)
It was a win-and-in situation for Alanna Kennedy and Melbourne City FC this weekend, and the back-to-back W-League champion made no qualms about it, shutting out Newcastle 3-0 to book its ticket to the semifinal round. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC) scored her first goal in City colors in the 29th minute, collecting a ball inside the box and chipping over the keeper.
Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC) setup City’s next two goals, first sending in a 33rd minute set piece to the head of Aivi Luik to make it 2-0. Just before the first half closed, Barnes served a ball to Yukari Kinga who posted the third and final goal of the match.
Brisbane Roar 4, Canberra United 1 (recap / highlights)
Led by two assists from newly-acquired Pride defender Carson Pickett, Brisbane Roar solidified its position atop the table on Sunday with a comfortable 4-1 win over Toni Pressley, Haley Kopmeyer and Canberra United. In the 11th minute, Pickett sent a ball in that took a favorable bounce off Pressley before Brisbane’s Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC) knocked the ball in. Five minutes before halftime, Pickett’s left foot led to the Roar’s second goal, this time finding Emily Gielnik on a near post run.
Abbey Lloyd scored Brisbane’s final two goals, while Canberra’s lone goal was scored by Elise Thorsnes, a golazo from distance. Kopmeyer finished the match with four saves.
Up Next: Semifinals
No. 2 Sydney FC vs. No. 3 Newcastle Jets (Sat., Feb. 10 at 12:45 a.m. ET)
No. 1 Brisbane Roar FC vs. No. 4 Melbourne City FC (Sun., Feb. 11 at 12 a.m. ET)
Primera División (Spain)
Atlético Madrid 2, Santa Teresa 1 (recap / highlights)
Atlético Madrid dropped behind early on, but mounted a late-game comeback, knocking off Santa Teresa 2-1 on Saturday. The visiting side went up 1-0 in the seventh minute, with a slipped in pass and breakaway shot. However, in the 72nd minute, Ludmila leveled things, redirecting a distance shot from Soni with a glance header. Esther stole all three points in the 85th minute, finding herself unmarked on the far post after a corner.
Monica earned the backline start in the win, playing 62 minutes, while Atlético pushed its point streak to six matches.
Atlético Madrid at Athletic Club (Sun., Feb. 11)