Picket Equalizer

Pride in the W-League: Carson Pickett Scores Equalizer

Sydney FC 3, Western Sydney 0 (recap / highlights)
The 2018-19 W-League campaign got started with a marquee Sydney derby, as Sydney FC defeated crosstown rival Western Sydney 3-0. Portland Thorns forward Caitlin Foord scored two goals in the match, bookending a 60th-minute score from Chloe Logarzo. Orlando Pride midfielder Alanna Kennedy did not play in the match as she continues recovery from an offseason ankle surgery.

Brisbane United 1, Perth Glory 1 (recap / highlights)
Despite outshooting Glory 15-7, the Roar needed late-game heroics to steal a point in the season opener, but were able to do so courtesy of a Carson Pickett-Chioma Ubogagu connection. Perth opened things up in the 54th minute off a goal from Chicago Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz. But in the 88th minute, Ubogagu lofted a perfectly placed ball into the box for Pickett to run onto, slamming the ball into the upper corner. Pride forward Rachel Hill kicked off her second W-League campaign, totaling two shots over 90 minutes.

Canberra United 2, Melbourne City 0 (recap / highlights)
A revamped and rebuilt Canberra United team knocked off the defending champion in Round 1, shutting out Melbourne City 2-0 on Sunday. South African forward Rhoda Mulaudzi scored her first W-League goal in the 57th minute and Portland Thorns defender Ellie Carpenter added an insurance goal in the 85th.

Melbourne Victory 0, Adelaide United 0 (recap / highlights)
The Pride midfield duo of Christine Nairn and Dani Weatherholt partnered up again for the W-League’s opening round, both playing all 90 minutes for Melbourne Victory in a scoreless stalemate over Adelaide. Victory controlled the offensive end, posting 24 total shots - four from both Nairn and Weatherholt. Nairn had one of Victory’s best scoring chances in the match, but her 51st-minute strike floated just over the bar.

Newcastle Jets (Emily van Egmond): Bye

Up Next: Round 2 Fixtures
Thurs., Nov. 1:
Melbourne Victory vs. Newcastle Jets (4:30 a.m. ET, ESPN+)

Fri., Nov. 2:
Melbourne City vs. Sydney FC (2:20 a.m. ET, ESPN+)

Sun., Nov. 4:
Western Sydney vs. Brisbane Roar (12:30 a.m. ET)
Canberra United vs. Perth Glory (1 a.m. ET)

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