Sydney FC captain Teresa Polias believes her club can make a nine-game undefeated streak count against their W-League semi-final opponents Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

The defensive stalwart is confident in reaching a fourth grand final in ten years with the club as she prepares to become the first woman to make a century of appearances for Sydney FC.

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“I believe the mental game is 70% of football and especially in a game like a semi-final our form will give us a big advantage,” said Polias.

“It’s always exciting, finals are why we play and it’s great to get through for the tenth time in a row.

“I’m hugely honoured to have been part of the club for such a long time but tomorrow is all about the team and hopefully I’ll be able to reflect on the milestone positively after the game.

“As long as everyone continues to do their job I am confident that we will go out and get the win.

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A poor start to the season saw Ante Juric’s side winless in their opening three fixtures but the Sky Blues surged into second-place with eight wins and a draw to round out the season.

“We will always have high expectations and when a team like Sydney FC doesn’t do well people tend to be shocked but in truth we just had new coaching staff and we were just adjusting to that change,” she said.

“Round four is when things just started coming together and Ante Juric said wait until December and we’ll be where we need to be and he was spot on.”

While Sydney has had a strong finish this year Polias is hoping a disappointing exit last season can be put behind them.

“Our form then compared to now is like chalk and cheese really, last year we had a very negative end to the season but our form this year has just got better as we’ve gone and we’re quietly confident heading into these finals.”

“I wouldn’t say this team is better than any of the others I have played with but this season has been special, it’s had a really positive feel which makes a big difference.”

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Newcastle will provide a tough test for Juric’s side having been the only team to go undefeated against Sydney this year.

Polias is aware of the threat but she feels the key lies within her own sides performance on Saturday.

“The Jets are very good at what they do and they’re truly deserving of their first finals spot. There are a few key players we’ll need to try and shut out of the game.

“Stengel is in really good form and Emily Van Egmond creates a lot for them but as a team their resilience is one of their best traits.

“The trouble with us is we’re often our own worst enemy and it’s the things we do that I feel will decide the game.”

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A Sydney century will mark a huge milestone for Polias but the 27-year old is looking forward to building on her illustrious career with the club no matter the result on Saturday.

“I’ll play for as long as I can, I’m Sydney through-and-through and I’d love to stick around.”

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