In a busy weekend for New Zealand players at home and abroad, one put her name in the record books for all-time.
Though on the end of a 5-1 defeat, striker Ava Pritchard (18) became the first player to score a goal for the Wellington Phoenix in the women’s A-League.
It wasn’t the most spectacular of efforts, a gentle flick from an inswinging corner, but it’s a goal that will stay in the memory for years to come, for player and supporters alike.
After the game, Pritchard gave credit to her team mates for the goal.
“It was kind of instinct, just tap it in. I knew that my back was to goal and I’d practised my messy finishing, so it paid off,” the former Northern Lights player said.
In a goal-packed weekend, Miramar Rangers (men) and Southern United (women) took out the National League: South/Central Series titles.
Rangers beat Wellington Olympic 7-2 at Jerry Collins Stadium, Wellington.
Southern United beat Canterbury United Pride 5-3.