Americans lead goal charge in penultimate round

Led by Newcastle Jets midfielder Arin Gilliland, Americans scored half of the goals in the penultimate round of the Westfield W-League, but the competition’s Golden Boot honour seems set to be a three-way battle ahead of the final round.

Gilliland netted an impressive hat-trick as the Jets shot down Sydney FC, while compatriots Danielle Colaprico (two) and Katie Stengel were also on the scoresheet.

An unlikely double from Melbourne City’s New Zealand international defender Rebekah Stott meant eight of the 12 goals in the round were nabbed by imports.

Heading into the final round, Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United) and Sam Kerr (Perth Glory) lead on ten goals though the latter is set to miss the final round through suspension.

Melbourne Victory’s England forward Natasha Dowie is one goal off the pace, with Adelaide United duo Adriana Jones and Sofia Huerta three away from the leading pair heading into Sunday’s Fox Sports/ABC TV match against leaders Sydney FC.

2016/17 Westfield W-League goalscorers
10 goals
Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United)
Sam Kerr (Perth Glory)

9 goals
Natasha Dowie (Melbourne Victory)

7 goals
Adriana Jones (Adelaide United)
Sofia Huerta (Adelaide United)

6 goals
Jess Fishlock (Melbourne City)
Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar)
Rosie Sutton (Perth Glory)
Katie Stengel (Western Sydney Wanderers)

5 goals
Jenna Kingsley (Newcastle Jets)
Jen Hoy (Newcastle Jets)

4 goals
Nickoletta Flannery (Canberra United)
Remy Siemsen (Sydney FC)
Vanessa DiBernardo (Perth Glory)
Racheal Quigley (Adelaide United)
Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar)
Arin Gilliland (Newcastle Jets)
Kyah Simon (Sydney FC)

3 goals
Leena Khamis (Sydney FC)
Steph Ochs (Canberra United)
Marianna Tabain (Melbourne City)