Canberra United lose first game since January 2011
Monday, November 19, 2012
Two of the Victory's goals came in the first half, with Canadian import Jessica McDonald and English importeach scoring for the Victory. scored the third unanswered goal for the Victory in the second half.
Canberra went into the game with a depleted roster, with six players called away to participate in national team training, suspended or out because of injury, including team captain, midfielder , , goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, striker , and winger Hayley Raso. filled in as the team's captain in Brush's absence, while Sally Rojahn and Catherine Brown each had their first United start and Grace Gill earned her first start of the season.
Victory coach Mike Mulvey is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald following the game as saying, "It's a good win, there's no doubt about that, but it could have been a more emphatic victory. We put three in the back of the net, and it could easily have been double that." The win moved Melbourne up to second place on the ladder, and continued the team's dominance over Canberra who now have 1 win and 6 losses playing away in Victoria.
United's loss was one of three upsets in the round, with thelosing to the 1–3 and the losing to the 1–2.
Later tonight, the team departs for Tokyo to compete in the International Women's Club Championship against some of the best women's club teams in the world including Japan's INAC Kobe Leonessa and NTV Beleza, and France's Olympique Lyonnais. Canberra's first game is against INAC Kobe Leonessa on Thursday. If they win the competition, the player bonuses would be greater than the one they received for winning last year's W-League grand final.