Can Bolden’s impressive start with Wanderers lead her to the World Cup?

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Western Sydney Wanderers secured their biggest win of the season at Wanderers Football Park, ruining Western United’s undefeated title.

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The 2-1 victory came barely a week after the club pulled off another shocking 2-0 win against Melbourne City last Sunday.

The two victories have promoted the Wanderers from tenth on the ladder to eighth, and instilled some much needed confidence in the team after their unfortunate start to the season.

Newcomer Sarina Bolden made her first two appearances for the Wanderers in these last two matches, and has been a driving force in the club’s redeeming performances.

The Philippine international opened the scoring in the match against Western United, receiving a pass from Sophie Harding and firing a shot past United’s keeper, Hillary Beall.

Though it was only in her second appearance for the Wanderers, Bolden’s goal came as no surprise after her impressive display in last week’s match against Melbourne City.

The striker bypassed City’s defence and seized the goal box again and again, accounting for eight out of the Wanderers’ 15 scoring attempts.

The double win has been the perfect welcoming gift to the 26-year-old forward.

“To get two wins after just getting here is amazing and to beat a team that was on a seven-game winning streak is crazy,” said Bolden.

“I’m just happy to be a part of this team and help in any way that I can.”

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The Filipino striker transferred to the Wanderers from Japanese club Chifure AS Elfen Saitama.

While the Japanese WE League had a substantial impact on her development as a player, Bolden left Japanese football as she wasn’t getting necessary playing time.

“With the World Cup coming up, I think [playing time is] really important and I just wasn’t getting that. That was the ultimate factor,” the young forward revealed.

“I was able to start the first two games, and integrate myself. [The move] has worked out for what I was looking for.”

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With the FIFA Women’s World Cup around the corner, Bolden is hopeful that the Western Sydney Wanderers will further refine her skills and give her the minutes needed to be in contention for the World Cup squad.

“To play in the World Cup or even just to be there – that’s definitely the driving force of why I’m doing a lot of the things that I’m doing in my career,” Bolden said.

“Australian soccer is in the top fifteen in the world right now, so to play in Japan and now to get experience in Australia, I think it’s really going to shape me into a well-rounded player.”

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And with her quality performances in the last two matches with the Wanderers, she is well on-track to reach the World Cup.

However, it is still early days and consistency in her future matches will be the true test to determine her eligibility for the World Cup squad.

Featured Image Credit: Steve Christo

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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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