Olympia get the win, but Vanderniet makes them work for it!

Madison Chambers attempts to keep the ball in but only as far as the Clarence defence
Photo credit Solstice Photography

It was a brave defensive shift from Clarence today, but Olympia have come out winners after scoring three second half goals to give them a 3-0 win away at Wentworth Park. Amelia Vanderniet in goals played the game of her career making save after save to as the headline reads, makes Olympia work for this win!

Kickoff began with all the attack and pressure coming from Olympia, quickly running to the box to get an early goal. Clarence defender Zara Dixon had her troops marked in the sand today and gave the Warriors a brick wall to try break down.

Clarence’s Zara Dixon had the first big moment of the day. Dixon managed to cleared Olympia’s Innocent Michael’s shot off the line after Vanderniet ran out to clear the danger early.

That wouldn’t be the first time Vanderniet was called upon. Bonnie Davies’s shot almost landed home but the valiant keeper made her run to claim the ball back in her hands.

OFF THE LINE! Amelia Vanderniet makes one of her amazing saves after Bonnie Davies shot almost landed home.
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Olivia Bomford must of thought she had broken the deadlock with the amount of power she put into her shot but her efforts could onto hit the crossbar and rebound back into play.

Half time and the scores stood 0-0. A scoreline not many would of picked given Olympia’s form and Clarence being bottom of the table. Olympia’s Manager Alistair Russell must of been scratching his head how they hadn’t broken the Clarence backline despite all the attack and chances.. Vanderniet was playing out of her skin and Dixon was marshalling the defence deep. Just to tell you how one sided it was, Olympia had 15 shots on target and we only reached the half way point!

Jade Williams looking for the right pass.
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After much deliberation, Olympia finally scored in the 68th minute. Jade Williams through balled teammate Madison Chambers who finishe well in the box past Vanderniet.

Charlotte Chambers turned into a super sub scoring the Warriors second shortly after.Chambers eased down the wing and dribbled past the Clarence defence. All was left was the finish and she made no mistake slotting it home with a quality finish to boot.

Davies would put the icing on the cake in the final moments of play when she finished in the far right corner of the net for her 14th goal of the season.

After the match Olympia Manager Alistair Russell was pleased with his team’s result. “Clarence defended really deep, difficult to break down, but we were patient and got the result in the end.”

Alistair Russell interview

“Jade Williams put in some great balls, overall great team performance”

That win puts Olympia right in the driving seat for the WSL title with their closest challenger Hobart Zebras only coming away from Ulverstone with a point in another 3 goal comeback. Although a slender 3 point lead at the top, you can bet this title race is far from over. The point up in Ulve could be significant come the final day. Olympia would be happy to come away victorious though and have that 3 point advantage.

I can’t praise Amelia Vanderniet enough today. Her saves today was exceptional and really kept Clarence right in the game. A standout talent, one that is getting better week by week.

Written By Tanner Coad.

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