Guam – Kathryn Gill led Australia to win its first-ever Asian Football Confederation Women’s Asian Cup in 2010, and will be on island this week to inspire Guam’s youth players to aim for similar soccer success.
The 27-year-old striker’s visit to Guam will coincide with the Guam Football Association’s 5th Annual Girls Middle School Soccer Festival, scheduled for Friday at the GFA facility in Harmon. Prior to the soccer festival, Gill will visit various schools and soccer club practices to promote women’s soccer.
Gill has seen much success on the pitch for the Matildas, Australia’s national team, as one of the team’s leading scorers. Her lone goal in the semifinal against Asian powerhouse Japan in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup catapulted her team to the final against DPR Korea. The Matildas led 1-0 until North Korea scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Gill successfully shot in the third position, helping Australia win 5-4. As top three countries in the region, Australia, DPR Korea and Japan qualified for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, of which Japan emerged the winner.
For her efforts on and off the pitch, Gill was named the 2010 AFC Women’s Player of the Year.