Ferns goalkeeper Vic Esson: ‘It’s important we celebrate when we score’

Football Ferns goalkeeper Vic Esson’s job might be to prevent goals but she knows how it important it is for her teammates to take opportunities at the other end of the pitch.

“At the top level, goals are really hard to come by,” she told NewstalkZB Weekend with Sport host Jason Pine.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s warm-up game against Vietnam in Napier, Esson (32) said the Ferns were keen to put in a strong performance as they prepared for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“It’s really important we celebrate when we do score,” she said.

“I think that we have the ability to put the ball in the back of the net and sometimes it hasn’t happened as frequently as we would have liked in the past.

“But at the end of the day, football is a game of chances and you’ve got to take chances, so I hope that we can do that this World Cup and make the most of the opportunities we do have in front of the net.”

New Zealand are looking to break a 10-match winless streak and to find their goalscoring touch.

Vic Esson … ‘the girls are looking forward to soaking up the tournament.’

In their past 10 hours of international play, the Ferns have scored once, when Hannah Wilkinson scored in the team’s 1-1 draw against Iceland in April.

Esson said the game against Vietnam would help the Ferns be ready for “D Day” — Thursday July 20 when they face Norway in the World Cup opening at Auckland’s Eden Park.

“It’s a chance for us to refine what we’ve been working on for the past nine weeks with the girls in their training programme, so trying different formations, what works against a different opponent.

“You know, we’ve been playing boys the past nine weeks, so playing against a women’s first team will be slightly different, even though the boys are fantastic,” she said.

“It’s a good opportunity to move the ball around.”

Esson, who plays her club football for Scottish side Rangers, said the Ferns were enjoying being together again.

“It’s always really nice to join the team and hear the Kiwi accent but being able to come home and play in front of family and friends is something really special, an opportunity we don’t have very often.

“I think the girls are looking forward to soaking up the tournament and everything it brings with being home.”

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Game to be played on Monday July 10, 2023

New Zealand v Vietnam
McLean Park, Napier, 5.30pm

How to watch

The game will be broadcast live on the Sky Sport 1 channel. The broadcast starts at 5pm.


New Zealand


Victoria Esson (14/0) Rangers, Scotland
Anna Leat (9/0) Aston Villa, England*
Erin Nayler (84/0) IFK Norrköping, Sweden


Elizabeth Anton (18/0) Perth Glory, Australia*
CJ Bott (37/2) Leicester City, England
Katie Bowen (92/3) Unattached
Claudia Bunge (20/0) Melbourne Victory, Australia*
Michaela Foster (4/0) Unattached*
Ali Riley (152/2) Angel City, USA
Rebekah Stott (89/4) Brighton & Hove Albion, England


Olivia Chance (43/2) Celtic, Scotland
Daisy Cleverley (31/2) HB Køge, Denmark
Betsy Hassett (143/13) Stjarnan, Iceland
Annalie Longo (127/15) Unattached
Ria Percival (161/15) Tottenham Hotspur, England
Paige Satchell (42/2) Unattached
Malia Steinmetz (18/0) Unattached*


Milly Clegg (2/0) Unattached*
Jacqui Hand (12/1) Åland United, Finland*
Grace Jale (17/2) Unattached*
Gabi Rennie (24/2) Arizona State University, USA*
Indiah-Paige Riley (7/0) Unattached*
Hannah Wilkinson (113/28) Melbourne City, Australia

*FIFA Women’s World Cup debut

Training players

Ava Collins (St John’s University, United States)
Kate Taylor (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Grace Wisnewski (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)



Tran Thi Kim Thanh (Ho Chi Minh City)
Khong Thi Hang (Than KSVN)
Dao Thi Kieu Oanh (Hanoi)
Doan Thi Ngoc Phurong (Ho Chi Minh City)


Churong Thi Kieu (Ho Chi Minh City)
Luong Thi Thu Thuong (Than KSVN)
Tran Thi Thu (Ho Chi Minh City)
Hoang Thi Loan (Hanoi)
Tran Thi Thuy Nga (Thai Nguyen T&T)
Le Thi Diem My (Than KSVN)
Tran Thi Thu Thao (Ho Chi Minh City)
Nguyen Thi My Anh (Thai Nguyen T&T)
Tran Thi Hai Linh (Hanoi)
Tran Thi Thuy Nga (Thai Nguyen T&T)
Ha Thi Ngoc Uyen (Phong Phu Ha Nam)


Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung (Phong Phu Ha Nam)
Tran Thi Thuy Trang (Ho Chi Minh City)
Thai Thi Thao (Hanoi)
Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (Ho Chi Minh City)
Duong Thi Van (Than KSVN)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha (Hanoi)
Nguyen Thi Truc Huong (Than KSVN)
Tran Nguyen Bao Chau (Ho Chi Minh City)
Vu Thi Hoa (Ho Chi Minh City)


Huynh Nhu (Lank Vilaverdense)
Pham Hai Yen (Hanoi)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha (Hanoi)
Ngan Thi Van Su (Hanoi)
Vu Thi Hoa (Ho Chi Minh City)

Napier’s McLean Park … to host its first full women’s international game. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons.

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