Players Abroad: Three Saffers on target

Posted: 10 September 2018 Time: 08:30

Despite the international break, a number of domestic leagues were still in progress over the weekend, with no less than three South Africans finding the back of the net.

The 21-year-old made it two goals in as many games for new Belgian Second Division side Westerlo form St Truiden, scoring the second in his side’s 2-1 win over bottom-placed Tubize to take them top of the standings after five games.

Jacobs earned his fourth start of the campaign as Scottish Championship club Queen of the South took a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead over Crusaders, before enduring a nervy second-half as the visitors brought three goals back. The hosts moved up to third spot with the narrow victory after four games.

In their final game of the season, Houston Dash went down 5-0 to table-topping North Carolina Courage as they ended the campaign sixth on the log, missing out on a top-four play-off berth. Despite this, it was a historic season for Dash, as they recorded the most goals, the most wins and the most points of any season in their history, with their South African trio playing a starring role: Van Wyk played 20 of the 24 games, Mothlalo 21 – with a goal to boot – while Kgatlana made two starts and 14 substitute appearances in her first season in America, scoring two league goals and contributing three assists.

Mfeka came on as a second-half substitute for his 17th appearance of the campaign as USL side Reno 1868 went down 1-0 to St Louis, leaving them eighth on the log after 27 games.

In a battle between the two South Africans, neither came out on top but both found the back of the net as Moloto’s deflected 82nd minute strike helped Nashville rescue a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw at North Carolina, as Shipalane netted the opener, his first goal of the season, in his 17th game this campaign. Carolina sit 10th on the log, and Nashville eighth, in the Eastern Conference.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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