Sport Polias to notch century in Sydney FC semi

08:11  09 february  2018
08:11  09 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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+ Westfield W-League Captain Teresa Polias said she’s honoured to be the first W-League player to make 100 appearances for Sydney FC on Saturday in the club ’s Semi -Final at Leichhardt Oval.

+ Sydney FC have just missed out on a second successive Westfield W-League Grand Final after a 3-2 loss in a stunning semi -final. Barely five minutes after the restart Khamis drew her side level with a superb volley after the Victory failed to deal with Teresa Polias - cross.

Teresa Polias of Sydney controls the ball© Brett Hemmings/Getty Images Teresa Polias of Sydney controls the ball Many of Teresa Polias' 99 Sydney FC appearances have meshed into one.

But the Sky Blues captain will never forget the triumphant 2013 W-League grand final.

Sam Kerr scored a spectacular diving header and Kyah Simon swept home a late penalty to defeat Melbourne Victory 3-1 at AAMI Park.

Polias played every minute, just as the pocket-sized midfielder had in every other match that season.

"We were such a young team and we had a lot of mixed results, and we just scraped into the finals," Polias told AAP.

"But when we entered the semis we just hit form, we took it on.

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+ Sydney FC ’s Westfield W-League team have missed the chance to reach a second successive Grand Final going out of the competition in the semi -finals. Subs not used: 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 10.Francisca ORDEGA. Yellow cards: Yeoman Dale 28’, Polias 69’, Uzunlar 75’. Red cards: None.

Sydney FC : 1. Casey DUMONT (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS (c), 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 5. Jasmyne SPENCER (80’ Olivia PRICE), 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON (90+2’ Trudy CAMILLERI), 10.

"That grand final, everyone played amazing. It was a fairytale end."

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Sydney FC ’s Westfield W-League captain Teresa Polias and fellow Sky Blues and Westfield Matilda Amy Harrison were out in the community as part of the program, visiting AS Tanner Reserve in Monterey to watch Ramsgate RSL FC ’s M4G in full swing.

Polias was named Sydney FC player of the year in the 2011/2012 season. As well as playing football , Polias works full-time as a primary school teacher currently at McCallums Hill Public School.

Since then Sydney have come agonisingly close, losing three semi-finals and a grand final.

And as Polias prepares for her 100th club game in Saturday's semi-final against the Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval, there's again a sense she can almost touch another trophy.

"We are due for a win, it's been five odd years now," the 27-year-old said.

"Being so close in recent seasons, and to think we're so close to doing it now.

"You still get those nerves because you care so much about the game. But it's a nice feeling, it's why we all play.

"I get a few goosebumps thinking it's my 100th game for Sydney. I'm super proud."

The Jets stand in the way of a Sky Blues decider against either premiers Brisbane Roar or defending champions Melbourne City.

Boasting American 10-goal striker Katie Stengel, they're the only rival to blemish what would have been a nine-match winning streak, when they snatched a 2-2 draw in January.

"We should have come away with that win, but Sunday's 4-1 win over Western Sydney gives us a lot of confidence," she said.

"The Jets are one of those teams you cannot switch off against. They never say die."

It's been a slog for Polias, a primary school teacher with a brand new batch of year one students.

On top of full-time work she squeezes in four team training sessions each week plus gym work and recovery, and admits the hectic schedule is getting tougher to manage.

"I honestly don't know how I've managed to do it, it's a lot of meticulous time management," she said.

"I don't have much of a life outside football and teaching, but it's totally worth it."

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