Skipper Sam Carey scored five goals for the first hat-trick of the tournament, beating lower-ranked Indonesia 18-0 in the opening match of the Women’s Asian Cup here on Friday.
The star Chelsea striker, who was recently selected as the FIFA Best Player of the Year award runner-up, started the match one goal behind Tim Cahill in Australia’s list of all-time (male-or-female) top scorers and led him by four goals. A total of 54 in her 105th match.
The Group B match between the top and lowest ranked teams at the Mumbai Football Arena was completely one-sided, with the 2010 champions arbitrarily scoring against Indonesia for the first time since 1989.
Kerr, who finished third at this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or, was one of eight Matildas to make it to the scorecard for Australia’s biggest ever win in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Indonesia put up a brave defense in the opening minutes, but their resistance was broken when Emily van Egmond’s pass was taken care of, scoring her 50th international goal in nine minutes.
That goal equaled Cahill’s record, and Carey broke it just two minutes later, giving the Australian captain a virtually blurred vision on goal through another Van Egmond pass.
Matildas was 5-0 up when Marie Fowler entered the play three minutes later with a skillful finish and Raso bravely headed home in the 24th minute before Carroll became the care provider, joining Australia’s third for Caitlin Ford in the 14th minute.
Carrer completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Carpenter’s sensational 15-yard strike went ahead, with 94th-ranked Indonesia powerless to counter Australia’s speed and movement.
Eight quickly became nine when Carrie once again threw his fourth place with the provider a few feet away with Van Egmond, before Van Egmond himself made nine at half-time with a hefty penalty kick shortly thereafter.
Carpenter made a double figure with speculative long-distance efforts before head coach Tony Gustavus made five interval changes to his 11th-ranked squad, but the pitch changed slightly, before Carrey took his individual number to five, then set up a manufacturing van. Egmond for the padded header to make it 12-0.
Wayne Egmond completed her hat-trick and gave her a 13-0 lead just before the hour mark before she missed a care penalty kick. Substitute Kah Simon added to the tally before taking a 16-0 lead in the 71st minute.
It was a game with goals, but Avi Luik scored the best of them when she back-healed Australia in the 78th minute in the 17th minute, before Raso gave the final win to the biggest win of the competition in 20 years.