Year 9 Maribyrnong Sports Academy student Nia Stamatapoulos has scored a hat-trick in the young Matilda’s resounding win over Indonesia 11-0 in the AFC U16 Women’s Championship Asian Qualifiers.
Nia opened the young Matilda’s account in the 5thminute with a juggled goal inside the penalty area giving Australia the early lead.
An inch perfect free kick outside the area brought up goal number two for the talented striker in the 11thminute while her third goal came just after half time with a beautiful run down tackle and shot for goal from 30 yards out to put the Matilda’s 5-0 up.
MSA Football Academy Senior Group head coach Adrian Mazzarella says Nia is a shining star of the Academy’s women’s program. “ Nia came to Maribyrnong via the FFA High Performance School Program of which our Academy is only one of two in Australia to accept students on this pathway. Nia has excelled in the training regime of the academy. One of Nia’s main attributes is her personality and character. I expect Nia will go a long way in her football career.”
The next Game for the Matilda’s, who now sit on top of their group, is tonight against the Kyrgyz Republic at 9pm Melbourne time.