A moment to remember for Latsko

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An early goal from American Veronica Latsko was more than enough to secure Sydney Fc their 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon and put them in position to defend their champions title.

The goal will forever hold a sentimental value to Latsko; the 24-year-old was forced to start the 2019/20 season late following an ACL tear.

Her injury kept her on the sidelines for six months, while she said in an article with Melbourne City that the road to recovery was both ‘gruelling and rewarding.’

The goal ensured that Sydney would be heading to the final, facing either Melbourne City or the Western Sydney Wanderers in the hope they make it back-to-back championships.

Despite Victory dominating the second half, Latsko’s goal was all the Sky Blues needed to reach the side’s third grand final appearance in a row.

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The lone goalscorer was knocked to the ground in the first half following an accidental strike of the ball from Jenna McCormick into Latsko’s face.

She received medical attention on the field, but was able to recover and continue as one of Sydney’s most dominant for the afternoon.

Latsko said post-match that her intuition had told her the result would be only a goal between the sides and she was right.

“To get the first goal was crucial and to go on from there and win it is exactly what we wanted to do,” Latsko said.

Latsko also paid respect to teammate Ally Green who, in the 14th minute, crossed the ball in from the right wing in which found Latsko who was able to score.

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“We’ve been doing so much crossing and finishing over the last two weeks and Ally has been consistently delivering those balls into the box, so credit to her,” she said.

“She put it on a platter and all I had to do was tap it in.”

This is Latsko’s first season with Sydney FC after signing on loan from Houston Dash and has given her club something to remember.

Will she return next season?

Let’s hope this goal was enough to prove her decision if she wants an Aussie return.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.