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Seeking second win

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April 11, 2017

Shepparton United Soccer Club will be hoping to back up its impressive start in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League Women’s Championship tomorrow against Strathdale.

Shepparton United Soccer Club will be hoping to back up its impressive start in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League Women’s Championship tomorrow against Strathdale.

Despite it only being round two, both clubs head into the second round of the season undefeated.

United was impressive in its first outing when it defeated Moama-Echuca Boarder Raiders 6-0 last weekend, while Strathdale made a mockery of Golden City winning 8-1.

Playing in Strathdale, United will be forced to make the 120km trek down Midland Hwy in order to keep its record intact and that is something coach Rocky Papalia is looking forward to.

‘‘It is our first road trip and it will be against an opposition that we have not played before so it is an exciting time for the girls and also the league,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘Hopefully we can make the most of it and get a win and start the season off at two and zero.’’

Caitlin Georgiou was United’s star player last week alongside Sarah Loverso, with the duo combining for five of United’s six goals.

Georgiou scored a second-half hattrick at Central Park, Loverso scored a brace and Sophie Papalia chipped in with one goal for the reigning Goulburn North East women’s premier.

Papalia will be well aware of Strathdale’s threat tomorrow and is hoping to nullify the impact of its star striker Ellie Vlaeminck.

‘‘They will be a very handy team, a structured team so it will be a tough game for the girls,’’ Papalia said. ‘‘Being the unknown, we will go out and try and play our game and hopefully that can do the job.’’

Vlaeminck began the season in scintillating form, scoring five times for Strathdale as it breezed past Golden City in round one.

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