Lowe: I want to be selected for the Matildas again

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Strong performances for Sydney FC can be the springboard to a Matildas recall, says new signing Rachel Lowe.

After a year in the United States college system with UCLA, attacking midfielder Rachel Lowe is back in the W-League, further strengthening the Sky Blues attack.

One of the key reasons Lowe has joined Sydney is the experience of coach Ante Juric.

“He has been in the Australian set-up… so I knew he knew what I needed to do to improve and push for national team selection. He is a really big factor in me coming to Sydney,” she said.

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Lowe said Sydney had the best young players in Australia, and believes that Juric is the perfect coach to develop the talent into the next crop of Matildas.

“Ante’s style of play is something that I really enjoy,” she said.

“The whole focus is to keep the ball, try and completely outplay the opponent and always have the ball at our feet.

“I really like the technical and tactical aspect of how he coaches.”

While Lowe is only 20, she has a wealth of W-league experience, making her debut for the Western Sydney Wanderers at 15 years of age.

The attacking midfielder has played extensively for the Young Matildas and received her first and only cap at senior level in 2018, coming on as a substitute in the Algarve Cup.

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She cites this as her proudest moment.

“You never forget your first cap for the national team… it was a very surreal and a proud moment,” she said.

She is hoping that strong performances for Sydney, and in particular an increase in goals and assists, will put her in the frame for a Matildas return.

“I am obviously looking to get back into the Matildas. I think that my performances and how I’m playing for Sydney will be the stepping-stone to getting back in the team,” she said.

Sydney have started strongly this season, winning their opening two games. Lowe believes the squad’s off-field chemistry is benefiting the side on the field.

“This is the most enjoyable team I’ve been a part of,” she said.

“We all get on really well. Our friendships off the park reflect our performances on it.”

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While a niggling injury has restricted Lowe to two substitute appearances so far, she has still managed to make a significant impact, scoring the match-winner – a long-range screamer – against the Newcastle Jets.

“Hopefully there’s more to come. To score a goal in that fashion and to score my first goal for Sydney was very special and I enjoyed it a lot,” she said.

Looking ahead, Lowe has targeted selection for the 2021 Olympics as a personal goal.

She said that the postponement of the tournament from 2020 due to COVID-19 was a positive for a lot of the young players, allowing them to have another year to show the new Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson their talent.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.