More to come from Roar Women
Brisbane Roar goal hero Karla Reuter has stressed that the best is still to come from the reigning Westfield W-League champions.
Brisbane Roar goal hero Karla Reuter stressed that the best is still to come from the reigning Westfield W-League champions.
The call comes despite Brisbane losing only once in the regular season and qualifying for their second Westfield W-League Grand Final in a row.
“We really all feel as though we have a lot more to give,” the 25-year-old said.
“There-s only one game left and we can-t leave anything in the tank.”
Reuter scored the lone goal in the semi-final win over Central Coast Mariners with a sensational left-footed free-kick, sending Roar through to the decider at Shark Park on Saturday.
“I knew, and the team knew, that it would be hard to score against Central Coast, especially against the Goalkeeper of the Year [Jillian Loyden] who I actually thought should-ve been Player of the Year.”
The Brisbane-born defender is beginning to make a habit of stepping up on the big occasions, after she also converted the winning penalty in last year-s semi-final, ironically against this year-s Grand Final opposition, Sydney FC.
“I didn-t even realise after the game, Polks [Roar captain Clare Polkinghorne] pointed it out to me.
“Both games were very special, but I don-t really mind who scored as long as we made the final.”
It has been a mixed year for Reuter who struggled to cement a regular starting place in coach Jeff Hopkins- line-up, but she says she-s looking ahead and not back.
“This season has been pretty up and down for me,” the former St Albans junior admitted.
“I think I personally played better last year and the team thinks we played better football last year but that-s all behind us now that we-ve made the final again.”
As for the all-important clash on Saturday, Reuter says the squad is trying to remain focussed.
“We-re trying not to think about it too much, taking the game as any other and we-ll deal with it on Friday when we travel down and land in opposition territory.”