Matildas star Lydia Williams led Australia into the history books with a breakthrough win against the USA and the goalkeeper says the side can go all the way to 2019 World Cup champions.
The Matildas secured their first victory in 28 attempts against the Americans with Williams keeping a clean sheet in the historic 1-0 victory in front of 15,748 fans in Seattle.
Tameka Butt found the winner 67th-minute but Williams was just as crucial at the other end with some clutch saves at the death in the Tournament of Nations opener.
The final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation as the 29-year-old shot-stopper ran into the arms of fellow veterans Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne.
“Myself, Lisa and Pols have been around for a long time and we’ve played the US multiple times throughout our careers and never been able to achieve anything, so to be able to do it was a moment of relief and excitement,” Williams said.
“Once we went ahead we were sitting back and defending to create Australian history and it got a little rusty at the end but it was a really gutsy effort by the girls to come away with the win.”
The victory earned praise from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball and Williams said the Matildas have come into their own over the past twos years.
Congratulations @thematildas for your stunning and first ever win over USA in Seattle today!
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm)
July 28, 2017
“We only had three days worth of prep so it was difficult to get everyone on the same page so quickly but we’ve had this team for around for two years now and we know how each other play so we were we really confident going in,” Williams said.
“I think we’ve proven over the last two years we can take on any team in the world, it taken us a little while to beat the US, but we went in full of confidence and went for the win.
“This win was something that was a long time coming and we put in the performance and got what we deserved, it’s time to leave the past in the past and focus on the future.
“This group has done so many history making events in the last two years so it’s pretty incredible to keep achieving things we haven’t done before. To achieve something for Australian history is pretty cool.”
Williams laughed at the idea of playing on for another decade but the veteran keeper side the pride still burns within her every time she pulls on the green and gold jersey.
“Everyone in this Matildas side knows each other really well, I’m in the leadership group and we’re all really close in there as well, but everyone just puts in for each other because this team is a family,” Williams said.
“As for my future we’ll see how the body holds up, I’ve been playing for 13 years now, so we’ll see how my consistency and performance goes.
“We’ve got the World Cup qualifiers next year and I think this team can go on and win it the following year.”
Williams is currently playing with the Houston Dash but will return to Melbourne City for the W-League season in November.