Warriors sustain top spot with strong win

Heidelberg United’s senior women continue to get the job done in NPLW Victoria, with a 5-2 win over Bayside United at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Saturday afternoon.

It’s a thrilling battle to sustain first place on the ladder with Calder United also picking up the three points, but the Berger train keeps on rolling and ensures that the Warriors remain at the top of the tree.

The opener of the day came from Danielle Wise, as she rounded the goalkeeper to roll a strike into an empty net. Looking ominous in attack, the Warriors added a second through a one-touch Keely Lockhart attempt, beautifully set up by Stephanie Galea’s low cross.

Heading into the second half 2-0 up, Bayside added some pressure when they got one back not long after the restart, but the ‘Bergers had no trouble finding a response as skipper Galea pounced on a turnover from Bayside’s possession.

From there it was back and forth on the goal scoring front, with Galea adding her second and Bayside replying again, before Sophie Papalia had the final say in 90 minute stoppage time.

After a comfortable victory, the Warriors now boast the two highest goal scorers in the league so far, with Wise and Galea instrumental in setting the tone for the afternoon.

Up next, another test awaits in Alamein FC next Saturday.


Match details:

Bayside United 2 (Coco Parker 50′, Julia Budiongo 72′) – Heidelberg United 5 (Danielle Wise 19′, Keely Lockhart 45′, Stephanie Galea 52′ 68′, Sophie Papalia 90+3′)

1 – Melissa Maizels (GK)

2 – Emily Roach

4 – Danielle Wise

6 – Felicity Georgopoulos

7 – Stephanie Galea (c)

9 – Keely Lockhart

10 – Rebecca Burrows

16 – Isabella Wallhead

18 – Eve Tiktikakis

23 – Grace Jale

25 – Miette Georgio


3 – Maxine DiBlasi

8 – Kathryn Vlahopoulos

11 – Sophie Papalia

14 – Tijan McKenna

20 – Natasha Stathopoulos (GK)

29 – Catriona McDonald