Western Pride captain Kirsten Veeren is confident her side can produce another strong defensive performance when free-scoring Olympic FC visit Briggs Rd Sporting Complex on Wednesday night.
Pride face an Olympic side sitting third on the PlayStation® National Premier Leagues table thanks to Kirsten Jamieson‘s 33 goals in 9 games.
Veeren said she was sure Pride could handle the challenge thrown up by their prolific opponent.
“If you look at the table we’ve got pretty good goals against so we do quite well defensively,” Veeren said.
“We scramble well and we work as a unit.”
Veeren praised Pride’s defenders Jasmin Graham, Alicia Cole, Montanna McAvoy and Camilla Falaniko Ah in blunting several of the league’s star strikers in recent weeks including Amber Lloyd and former W-League player Tegan Riding.
However Veeren warned stopping Jamieson was only part of the equation if Pride were to get anything out of the match.
“Kirsten Jamieson is scoring a lot of their goals but everyone else is scoring goals at Olympic as well,” Veeren said.
“They have been doing it all season so eliminating one player isn’t all we want to do – we want to stop them all getting through.”
Veeren is well acquainted with the threat Olympic pose after spending the past three years at the Yeronga-based club before joining Pride in the summer.
The goalkeeper has been in form this season, culminating Pride’s last start 3-1 win in which she pulled off a string of fine saves to thwart a rampaging SWQ Thunder strike-force.
Veeren said she is excited at the chance to stop her ex-teammates.
“I’ve been waiting to play Olympic for a long time,” Veeren said.
“However we’ll need to play the same as we did against top sides Easts, Souths and The Gap to really push them.”
Western Pride Women v Olympic FC Women
Briggs Rd Sporting Complex
Wednesday 8 June, 7pm
Words: Garry McKenzie
Image: Chris Simpson
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