|Written by Mike|
|Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:50|
The Australian women's soccer team made history after defeating Brazil 1-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women's World Cup. The Matildas not only upset one of the best teams in women's soccer but also have a potential to have their best World Cup finish ever. The team had a seventh-place finish in 2007 but are hoping to go one step further.
The team will be heading to Edmonton for their next match in the quarterfinal on June 27 as they take on either the Netherlands or Japan. Japan is heavily expected to be the team's next opponent, what with Japan having 9-1 soccer betting odds to win the cup versus the 100-1 that the Dutch side has.
As big of a moment as this is for Australia, the side is not expected to go too far. The Matildas have 16-1 odds to with the World Cup. This is in comparison with 7-4 odds from our sportsbook for Germany and 2-1 odds for the United States to win it all.
The Australians do have some players that will make an impact for the side. Kyah Simon, a longtime veteran of the national team and a former star on the country's U-20 team, has two goals so far in the cup. Lisa De Vanna also has two goals so far. Having played in more than one hundred games for the side, De Vanna has been active in the professional ranks in both Australia and the United States.
Lydia Williams is especially expected to continue to be a strong goalkeeper for the team. Williams has given up four goals in her four games with the side this year. However, three of those goals took place in the side's match with the United States.
It is exciting to see that the Matildas have made it out to this point in the World Cup after taking out one of the favorite to have won the cup in Brazil, Even with that, it will still be a challenge for the team to possibly go further this year. The team will still be one for everyone to watch for as the cup goes along.