It’s the time of the year when clubs look towards the home stretch of the season and The Football Sack critiques each club’s progress so far.

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Semester summary: The first half of the W-League season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Sky Blues. With six games down, Sydney’s results are split right down the middle with three wins and three losses. The squad started the season with a victory against rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, but then spent the next three weeks without gaining so much as a point. Rounds five and six changed the game for Sydney, scoring five goals in two consecutive matches. Their last two convincing wins boosted them into fourth spot on ladder, only four points behind top of the table. Sydney FC have scored 16 goals so far this season, which is second only to Perth Glory. With a number of talented players and a proven resilient attitude within the squad, the sky’s the limit for this star-studded bunch.

Areas of excellence: Although the Sky Blues are 50/50 with their win to loss ratio, they’ve scored plenty of goals, scoring in every game except their defeat against Canberra United. And what coach Ante Juric is sure to be happy about is the number of different players getting on the score sheet each week. In their 5-2 triumph over Adelaide United, four different players found the back of the net. What makes it even better is the quality of the goals being scored – often coming from great build-up play from the team with a sweet finish to top it off. Even when this side is a goal down, they always seem as though they could be minutes away from scoring and making a comeback, which is a fine attribute to have, especially in the lead up to finals.

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Areas in need of improvement: The biggest thing the Sky Blues will have to consider is their consistency going into the business end of the season. Although their last two wins have been dominating and clinical, they can’t let that get to their heads. In games where they’ve been defeated, Sydney have conceded based on a lack of concentration in key moments, where talented individuals such as Natasha Dowie or Jasmyne Spencer have opened them up. It’s going to be important for the Sky Blues to keep their winning momentum, but even more important to learn from previous mistakes if they want a sport in the finals.

Top student: You can’t look past Caitlin Foord. She’s been on fire for Sydney, consistently creating chances, assisting her teammates, and scoring quite a few goals herself. The strikers brace against Western Sydney Wanderers in round one was only outdone by her hat-trick in the Brisbane Roar clash. The Matilda has good vision and an eye for goal, and always ends up in the right place at the right time. I’d put money on her form continuing into the second half of the season too.

Class clown: Sofia Huerta started off the season slowly, and didn’t initially make as much of an impact as one might assume for a full American international. Huerta played for Houston Dash as a front third player, but is currently playing as an outside back for the Sky Blues – which is perhaps why she took the first few weeks of the season to begin to feel comfortable in her old international position. Although the American may not have been making headlines, her most recent performance against Adelaide United seemed to be a turning point for her. Huerta put her team in front at the end of the first half, and brought energy and intensity to the team that she was lacking at the start of the season.

Grade: B

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Outlook: Although Sydney suffered three losses in a row, their recent 5-1 and 5-2 wins over Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United respectively seem to have them back on track for yet another stellar season.

Plus, a number of things are beginning to fall into place for Ante Juric’s side. Matilda Amy Harrison is back from her knee injury, which has kept her from competing for almost two W-League seasons. The on-field American trio of Savannah McCaskill, Sofia Huerta and Danielle Colaprico are beginning to click with the rest of the squad, and subsequently making a real difference to the team’s performance.

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After losing a few early games in the 2017/18 season, Sydney FC went on to dominate the league, not losing a game in the remaining 11 rounds of the regular competition. This season is shaping up to be eerily similar to the last, with a few early losses before the Sky Blues scored 10 goals in two games. With results like that, it’s not impossible that this year’s side may harvest a similar outcome.

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