Brisbane Roar Women travel south tomorrow to take on Western Sydney Wanderers in Westfield W-League Round 3 action at Marconi Stadium.
After a disappointing result against Perth Glory last Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane continues to believe that a talented squad full of experienced Westfield W-League players is capable of a success in season 10.
Head Coach Mel Andreatta was disappointed in her side's defeat against Perth Glory in round 2, but is confident that this week's preparation will ensure no stone is left unturned.
“Western Sydney has some quality players and have recruited well like all teams in this season’s competition and we know that we have to be ready to go from the first minute on Friday,” Andreatta said.
“We have been working on our key principles again this week and I’m looking forward to seeing the players be positive and perform strongly against the Wanderers.”
Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has started the season well, making a number of crucial saves in both opening fixtures and was named as the Roar's Player of the Match against the Glory.
“Macca has come in really fit and full of confidence and it is great to see the contribution she is making to the team both on and off the field,” Andreatta added.
“I’m sure she will be a key player for our side in the coming games. The entire squad is committed to improving and working hard to pick up the results we strive for.”
Off-season recruit Hayley Raso missed out on the first home game of the campaign after pulling up sore after the opening match but Andreatta is confident the Australian international will be ready for Friday's important clash.
“It's a short season and we don’t want to rush her back. We know she is an important member of our squad but we want her to be fully fit when she steps out on the field,” Andreatta said.
Westfield W-League 2017/18: Round 3 - Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
Friday, 10 November, 6:30pm KO (QLD time)
BRISBANE ROAR SQUAD
Goalkeepers: 1.Mackenzie Arnold, 20.Georgina Worth, 30.Kirsten Veenen
Defenders: 2.Carson Pickett, 4.Clare Polkinghorne (c), 8.Kaitlyn Torpey, 14.Summer O'Brien
Midfielders: 3.Amy Chapman, 6.Celeste Boureille, 7.Ayesha Norrie, 10.Katrina Gorry, 11.Natalie Tathem, 18.Lucinda Pullar,19.Hollie Palmer
Attackers: 9.Wai Ki Cheung, 12.Allira Toby, 13.Tameka Butt, 15.Abbey Lloyd, 16.Hayley Raso, 17.Emily Gielnik
Coach: Melissa Andreatta
HOW DO WE SHAPE UP AGAINST THE WANDERERS?
- Last time we met the Roar took home the three points with a 3-0 win at Suncorp Stadium in January.
- Western Sydney is one of only two sides to have scored from outside the box, but the Roar are yet to concede from beyond 18 yards.
- Both sides have a 100% record when scoring first and have lost the one game each in which they have conceded first.