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Courage’s Kristen Hamilton nets hat trick in Australia’s W-League

It was the first ever hat trick for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League.

NC Courage forward Kristen Hamilton plays against the Houston Dash at WakeMed Soccer Park on July 5, 2019 in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

On Thanksgiving Eve, Kristen Hamilton feasted on goals.

Wednesday in Australia, the American forward scored three times for Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the club’s 3-1 victory over Brisbane Roar FC.

It was the club’s first-ever hat trick in Australia’s W-League and it powered the Wanderers to their third straight win.

Hamilton’s first goal of the night came in the 10th minute, and the set-up was a familiar one for fans of the National Women’s Soccer League. Hamilton’s North Carolina Courage teammate, Lynn Williams, sprinted up the left flank and into the box before playing a low through ball to Hamilton, who scored from close-range.

Williams, Hamilton and Denise O’Sullivan are all playing with the Wanderers this season on-loan from the Courage.

“We’re best friends off the field and we connect well on the field,” Hamilton told Fox Sports when asked about Williams. “I definitely don’t get three goals without her tonight… She’s all over the place, she makes defenders think twice about leaving her and coming to defend me. It makes my job easy having her on my team.”

The second goal of the day for Hamilton came in the 45th minute off a long throw-in. After the ball bounced around the box, it fell to Hamilton, who rifled a shot past Australian keeper MacKenzie Arnold with her right foot.

Hamilton secured her hat trick and sealed the win for the Wanderers in the 64th minute by spinning around a defender, racing past another, and firing a mid-range shot into the back of the net.

The hat trick for Hamilton is another memorable moment in what has been a stellar 2019 for her. She helped the Courage capture another NWSL shield and championship this season, tallying nine goals and five assists in 24 appearances. She was named to the NWSL Player’s Associations’ Best XI and was a finalist for the league’s MVP award.

The 27-year-old Colorado native also made her U.S. national team debut this year, subbing on in a September friendly against Portugal.

Hamilton must have a knack for scoring goals in bunches around holidays. A day after the Fourth of July this past summer, she netted four goals in a win over the Houston Dash.

The Wanders are 3-0 to start the season and are at the top of the W-League table. If Hamilton keeps up her impressive form, she could take home more hardware in her first W-League season.

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