Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Voted NWSL Player of the Month
Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Month for the month of May of the 2017 NWSL season.
Kerr, 23, had two goals and two assists to help Sky Blue FC post a 3-2-0 record in the month to push themselves up to third in the standings as they won three or more games in a month for the fourth time in their history. The 10 goals scored in May by coach Christy Holly’s team were the second-most by the club in any calendar month and the 2.00 goals per game for the month matched Sky Blue FC’s all-time high.
The Jersey outfit scored multiple goals in a game in four out of five games in May after managing the feat a total of five times in the whole of the 2016 season.
The Freemantle, Australia native finished May with 28 career NWSL goals – two shy of becoming just the third player in league history to reach the 30-goal plateau. She scored her first goal of the season to help seal a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dash on May 13 in a match in which she also tallied her first assist of the 2017 campaign.
Kerr produced her second one-goal, one-assist performance to propel Sky Blue FC to a comeback 2-1 victory over the Orlando Pride on May 27 as she notched the game-tying goal in the 43rd minute off an assist from Daphne Corboz before she herself turned provider with a perfectly-placed through ball to set up Maya Hayes for the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute.
The Australia international featured in all five matches in May for Sky Blue FC, making four starts and playing 392 minutes while registering 14 shots – eight of which were on target – according to Opta. Her 17 shots so far this season is tied for sixth in the league and her 13 shots on goal are tied for third.
Kerr has twice been named the NWSL Player of the Week, but this is the first time she has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Month and the fourth time a Sky Blue FC player earned the accolade – following in the footsteps of Brittany Cameron (May 2013), Monica Ocampo (August 2013) and Nadia Nadim (August 2014).
Sky Blue FC will return to action Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. ET against the Portland Thorns at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.
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