A hat-trick for Louise Rolfe has highlighted SWQ Thunder’s stunning first win of the season in a comprehensive 9-2 victory over Sunshine Coast FC.
The Thunder were 4-0 up in the blink of an eye with a brace to Rolfe and goals to Sarah Sheridan and Lea Hippauf putting the hosts well in the ascendancy in the first 20 minutes.
Shandell Doro dragged one back for the Fire but the Thunder put the margin back to four goals on the stroke of half time as Rolfe finished off a first half hat-trick.
When she wasn’t scoring, Rolfe was setting up her teammates with two assists and a shot rebounding off the post setting up three more goals for the Thunder, extending their advantage to 8-1.
Fire’s Danielle White scored a late consolation goal before Rosanna Berry polished a fine afternoon with the Thunder’s ninth shortly before full-time.
The Thunder now face an away trip to play Eastern Suburbs FC while the Fire will enjoy their first home match of the 2017 campaign against Gold Coast City.
4’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Pass into Sarah Sheridan close to the right post finds here open and she slots it into the goal
9’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Unmarked Louise Rolfe from the edge of the box shoots it into the top left for Thunder’s second goal
14’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Ball bounces around in the box before falling to Lea Hippauf who is open 16 yards out and places it into the top left
18’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – From Thunder half, Jessica Fry chips it into open centre field, and Louise Rolfe manages to outrun two defenders down the middle of the pitch and shooting from the edge of the box, slots it into the top left
41’ GOAL FOR FIRE – Thunder fail to clear the ball in front of goal as it bounces around and Abbi Wilkes at the left post knocks it into the goal
44’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Sunshine Coast fail to clear this time and it falls to an open Louise Rolfe who shoots it straight under the keeper to give her a hat trick
50’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Louise Rolfe runs down the right wing and crosses along the ground, finding Jessica Fry at the 18 yard box, and shoots into the top of the net
56’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Louise Rolfe running down the right again, this time beating the defender and running at the keeper, shooting from 6 yards out. Unfortunately the ball hits the right post but it rebounds out to Melanie Lloyd who shoots it into an open net
73’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Another assist for Louise Rolfe as she again runs down the left and at the corner of the 6 yard box crosses to Caitlyn Stocker at the far post to knock it in
77 ‘ GOAL FOR FIRE – Danielle White running with the ball from the left wing into the box, beats several defenders before shooting from the 18 yard box, curling it around the keeper into the right side netting for a very nice goal
88’ GOAL FOR THUNDER – Rosanna Berry from 25 yards out goes to chip the keeper, who can’t quite reach it and the ball goes into the net
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women Queensland – Round 2
Saturday, 25 March
Clive Berghofer Stadium
South West Queensland Thunder FC Women 9 (Sarah SHERIDAN 4′, Louise ROLFE 9′, 18′, 44′, Lea HIPPAUF 14′, Jessica FRY 50′, Melanie Lloyd 56′, Caitlyn STOCKER 73′, Rosanna BERRY 88′)
Sunshine Coast FC Women (Abbi WILKES 41′, Danielle WHITE 77′)
Article originally appeared on www.nplqld.com.au