While the Sydney FC A-League side is engulfed in drama the club’s W-League team is eyeing its third championship when they face Melbourne in the semis.
In a drama-filled week for Sydney FC, the club’s W-League team want to deliver a good news story as they continue their championship defence when they battle fierce rivals Melbourne Victory for a grand-final berth.
While the club’s under-siege A-League side is engulfed in a crisis it’s women are going from strength to strength as they eye a third W-League title.
The Sky Blues host Victory next Sunday in a repeat of last year’s decider, while Canberra welcome Brisbane Roar to the nation’s capital in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Sydney striker Chloe Logarzo says while the fans may be frustrated with the underperforming men’s side she and her teammates hope to give them something to cheer about at WIN Jubilee Stadium on Sunday.
“We’ve always boasted about us bringing the Sydney team up,” she said.
“The Cove are so supportive of us and I think that really drives us as well.”
Logarzo says however, their biggest motivation will be rebounding from their 2-1 loss to Canberra last week – their first defeat this campaign.
The Sky Blues needed only a draw to hold on to top spot on the ladder and snatch the premiership last week but, level at 1-1, Canberra’s American striker Stephanie Ochs rifled home the stunning second-half winner to claim the silverware instead.
And now the Sky Blues have revenge in their sights as they look to set up a grand-final showdown with Canberra.
“Going through the whole season without losing a game then losing against Canberra it just drives us to want to meet them in the finals and play them again,” Logarzo said.
But first they’ll need to get past a Victory side boasting the likes of Welsh international Jessica Fishlock and Matilda Lisa De Vana, who in November was nominated for FIFA’s goal of the year award.
Defender Elyse Perry will line up for Sydney with the duel international opting to play in the semi-final instead of the national women’s one-day cricket final.
But while much was made of the supposed rivalry between Perry and De Vana after the Sky Blues defender was badly injured in a tackle between the pair in the opening round, Logarzo says it was nothing more than football.
“What happens on the field stays on the field there’s no harsh feelings when you walk off the pitch and I think people just need to drop it,” she said.
Meanwhile Canberra enter their semi-final clash on the back of a five-match unbeaten run and will be looking to post a club-record sixth straight weeks without defeat to secure a home grand final.
But they face a Roar side fresh off their 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory last weekend and bristling with international talent the likes of Matildas Tameka Butt and Elise Kellond-Knight.
But Untied have their won attacking weapons in Michelle Heyman whose partnership with Ochs has yielded thirteen goals to date.