Emerging star Sofia Sakalis selected in Westfield Young Matildas squad

Emerging Melbourne City FC midfielder Sofia Sakalis has been included in the Westfield Young Matildas 23-player squad to travel to Lebanon this month for the opening qualifying phase of the 2019 AFC U/19 Women’s Championship.

Widely considered to be one of the most exciting young midfielders in the country, Sakalis will carry her Championship winning experience with City into the international arena as the Young Matildas aim to advance to the second round of the qualification process.

The 16-year-old became the eighth youngest player in the history of the W-League to make her senior debut last season when she replaced Amy Jackson in the final minutes of City's 5-2 win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

The Westfield Young Matildas will compete in Group A of qualifying in Beirut against hosts Lebanon, as well as Hong Kong and Mongolia.

Gary Van Egmond’s side will depart Australia on Friday, 19 October 2018 and play their first qualification match against Mongolia on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.

Australia will need to top their group or finish as one of the two best runners-up in the first stage of qualifying, to advance to the second round of the qualification process which will be held in April next year.

Should the Westfield Young Matildas successfully navigate the two qualification tournaments, they will advance to next year’s AFC U19 Women’s Championship in Thailand where a place at the 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be on the line.

All the Westfield Young Matildas matches this month will be played at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium in Beirut.

Westfield Young Matildas 23-player squad for 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers (Round One)

Name

Current Club, Country

Amy SAYER

Sydney FC, Australia

Annalee GROVE (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Aoife COLVILL

Canberra United, Australia

Charlotte GRANT

Adelaide United, Australia

Courtney NEVIN

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Emily HODGSON

Adelaide United, Australia

Indiah-Paige RILEY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Kaitlyn TORPEY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Karly ROESTBAKKEN

Canberra United, Australia

Kyra COONEY-CROSS

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Leticia MCKENNA

Perth Glory FC, Australia

MelindaJ BARBIERI

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Morgan AQUINO (Gk)

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Princess IBINI-ISEI

Sydney FC, Australia

Rachel LOWE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Sarah MORGAN

Canberra United Academy, Australia

Sofia SOKALIS

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Susan PHONSONGHAM

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Taylor RAY

Sydney FC, Australia

Teresa MORRISSEY (Gk)

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Tori TUMETH

Sydney University, Australia

Winonah HEATLEY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia


Westfield Young Matildas Match Schedule – 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers (Round One)

Westfield Young Matildas v Mongolia

Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Venue: Jounieh Municipal Stadium, Beirut
Kick-off: 11.30am (local); 7.30pm (AEDT)

Lebanon v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Friday, 26 October 2018
Venue: Jounieh Municipal Stadium, Beirut
Kick-off: 3.30pm (local); 11.30pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Hong Kong
Date: Sunday, 28 October 2018
Venue: Jounieh Municipal Stadium, Beirut
Kick-off: 11.30am (local); 7.30pm (AEDT)