Cahill next on list for lethal Matildas assassin
LISA De Vanna admits that she is in the twilight of her career but says it has given her a sense of freedom as she closes in on Tim Cahill’s goalscoring record for Australia.
De Vanna’s stunning volley gave the Matildas a deserved lead against Brazil on Satur- day, her threat undiminished at 31 as Australia illustrated their world-class credentials with a 2-1 victory.
The goal was her 43rd for her country, adding to her record haul for the Matildas and putting behind only Cahill as both pursue a half-century of goals in the national shirt.
De Vanna said reeling in
Socceroo had crossed her mind but said her overriding aim was just “to have fun” after a career chequered with
moments where she had been “sick and stressed”.
She is unlikely to play a significant role in the second game with Brazil tomorrow, but with the Asian Cup and World Cup looming in the next two years, De Vanna has every incentive to keep going.
“I’m chasing that (Cahill’s record), that’s my next thing,” she said. “I feel like that’s probably why I’m having a pretty consistent game, because I’m just having fun.”
Lisa De Vanna against Brazil.