Mautz the engine in Glory machine

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Alyssa Mautz has become an irreplaceable cog in the undefeated Glory machine over the first four rounds of the W-League season.

Scoring twice in Sunday’s clash with Melbourne City at nib Stadium, Mautz exemplified her worth to Bobby Despotovski’s side with her stamina, positional flexibility and eye for goal which broke the game open.

“She’s predominantly a midfielder, her engine is very high and she can run a long distance for a long period of time,” Despotovski said.

“She’s very, very fit. She can do that job. If we ask anybody else to do that job they won’t be able to do it.”

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The job Despotovski has set for Mautz is to impact all areas of the pitch and she exemplified that against City on Sunday night.

From assisting in defence and hurtling beyond the City defence to latching onto long balls and finding herself in terrific positions to score twice on the night, Mautz was everywhere from start to finish.

Her first goal against City came from Leticia McKenna’s shot which rattled the crossbar and fell to Mautz on the rebound and her second was from a delightful ball from Sam Kerr across the goal face, where Mautz waited alone at the back post to tuck the ball in the net.

Her attacking play added to the already lethal force of of Kerr and Rachel Hill who have provided six goals together in the last two games for the Glory.

Despotovski said the impact Mautz has in attack is of complimentary value to his already potent attack.

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“It’s only natural that two speedsters [Kerr and Hill] stay up top and Mautz can go up and down and cover,” Despotovski said.

“She’s complimenting those two up front and ending up with a couple of goals here or there, no complaints from me.

“Those three played exceptional games today.”

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Mautz has played different roles for Despotovski’s side so far this season.

In round one she was the lone goal scorer for her side and last week she played in the centre of defence alongside Katie Naughton after an injury to Kim Carroll early in the game.

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And this week her box-to-box role in linking defence to attack and sharing the goal scoring load was made possible by balance from front to back for the Glory.

“It’s a very balanced team, and that what gives your front three – or maybe front four – the freedom to do whatever they need to do,” Despotovski said.

“That’s the key. Last year we didn’t have a balance.

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“We scored a lot of goals last year with those two up front, but we conceded a lot of goals.

“This year it’s completely different.”

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Matthew Comito
Matthew Comito
Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.

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