22/02/2024

Michelle Heyman during warm-ups at the end of the ground she would score the milestone goal at Leichhardt Oval during Unite Round. Photo Credit: Poletti/The Inner Sanctum

Michelle Heyman has become the first A-League Women player to score 100 goals in the competition.

The Canberra United striker notched up the milestone at Leichhardt Oval during Unite Round in her 165th appearance in the competition.

“I think I hit looking at the goal. I was watching it go in so I knew to run away. I was celebrating,” Heyman said post-game.

“I was happy it was done.

“I really wanted the hat-trick today to rub it in a little bit more, just to make it a little more memorable, but I am just so happy with three points more than anything.”

Adelaide United would open the scoring to start the second half after the two sides went into the break scoreless on a hot and humid day in Sydney.

Heyman would then score her two goals before Vesna Milivojević would score a stunner to give Canberra a two goal lead, a player Heyman said she loves to play with.

“She reminds me of me when I was 21, when I first started here in the league. I tell her that constantly.

“She’s got a lot of growing to do. She’s going to be something unbelievable. She’s already doing this and this is her second season.

“Imagine in five years time if she’s still in this league what she can do.”

The centurion did express some frustration, given the game was meant to be played at McKellar Park before Unite Round was launched.

“It would have been better at home, not going to lie.

“It’s a bit frustrating because that’s where all my family is, but at the same time, it’s football, it’s fun.

“Hopefully we have more people signing up and starting their careers after watching these games.”

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The former Matilda is now 31 goals clear of the next closest on the goal scoring list, Sam Kerr, who has 70 goals in the competition.

She does not think it will take too long before there is another person joining her on triple figures.

“We’re playing more games now. It took a long time to get to 100 because we started with 14 games here and there if you made finals, so I think the new kids coming through the system will do that in no time.

“Not take 16 years like me. Hopefully they get it done in like five,” she said with a laugh.

Heyman made her debut in the competition in 2008, notching up three appearances for Sydney FC, before moving to the Central Coast Mariners in its first inauguration.

She then joined Canberra United and Heyman is in her second stint with United, having spent the 2018/19 season in Adelaide.

From 2010-2018, Heyman was part of the Matildas, scoring 20 goals in 61 appearances for the national team.

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