Could Siemsen’s match-winning goal against Wanderers land her in the World Cup Squad?

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A fierce battle was fought at Marconi Stadium in Saturday’s riveting Sydney Derby, with Remy Siemsen nabbing the win for Sydney FC with a stunning, late-match goal.

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With the FIFA Women’s World Cup coming up next year, the pressure is on for A-League Women players to prove their skills and be in contention for the World Cup squad.

The competition is particularly tough in the Sky Blues who have an abundance of talent in their ranks with the likes of Courtnee Vine, Jayda Whyman, Natalie Tobin and more.

But with all of the firepower, it was Remy Siemsen who stood out as the star of their latest match against rivals, Western Sydney Wanderers.

It was a challenging game for Sydney who lost their captain, Natalie Tobin, after she copped a red card towards the end of the first half.

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“We were disappointed to see Natty get the red card, but we knew we all had to step up,” said Siemsen.

The Wanderers were quick to take advantage of Sydney’s ten-player squad, upping the offensive in the second half.

Western Sydney continued to dominate the penalty area until the last fifteen minutes of the match when Siemsen received a pass from Princess Ibini and fired a masterful, long-range shot into the net.

While it was Siemsen’s goal that secured the win, the striker maintains that the victory was a team effort.

“I’m more proud of the girls’ fight actually,” she said.

“When we have a key player go out on a red card, [the other side] is going to be full of confidence. But we didn’t let that shake us, and I couldn’t be prouder of the girls.”

Siemsen’s heroics in this match could be enough to catch Tony Gustavsson’s attention in his deliberation over candidates for the World Cup Squad.

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However, the young striker is grounded and understands that there is more work to be done to make it to the World Cup.

“I’m just focused on playing my natural game, scoring goals and assisting,” Siemsen remarked.

“I want us to be winning games and I want us to [get] the double this year.

“I want to be in the World Cup squad … and I’ll do everything I can to put my best foot forward.”

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Of course, it’s still early in the season and consistency in future matches will be the true test that determines Siemsen’s candidacy for the World Cup squad.

Featured Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

 

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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