Sarina Bolden came on top as Western Sydney prevailed 2-1 over Jaclyn Sawicki’s Western United, Saturday afternoon at the Wanderers Football Part in the 2022–23 A-League Women.
The result was the second win of the season for Bolden’s Western Sydney. They now have seven points after eight games played behind two wins, one draw, and five losses.
On the other hand, Sawicki’s Western United remained on top of the league with 21 points on the back of seven wins and one defeat.
The former Elfen Saitama import tapped the ball home in the 12th minute of the game to break the deadlock for her side. It was the 5-foot-8 forward’s first goal for Western Sydney ever since she joined them last December 2022.
Today was just Bolden’s second match as part of her new team and it is safe to say things are going well so far for her.
“I think so far playing with Western Sydney Wanderers, it’s been pretty good,” said the 2022 AFF Women’s Championship gold medalist. “I think it suits my playing style as an individual player. It’s been good so far, I’ve only been here for a few weeks, but I think I’ve progressed quickly, integrating into what the coach wants and what the team style is.
“Overall playing in the A-League is helping me become a well-rounded player. The WE League in Japan helped me with my technical skills and now moving to the A-League is helping me with the physical aspect, directness, my fitness, and my game management. I think I’m building those skills a little bit more in the A-League which at the end of the day all of the skills I’m accumulating over my career will help me for the World Cup in July.”
However, Western United found a way to level the contest just before the halftime break. Hannah Keane put the ball at the back of the net for the visitors in the 26th minute.
Come the second half, though, Bolden’s teammate Amy Harrison eventually scored the winning goal in the 53rd minute of the match.
In contrast, Sawicki came on as a second-half substitute for Western United. She replaced Emma Viktoria Robers with 17 minutes remaining in the match