Dreams become reality for Jada

Jada in goals

Jada in goals

THERE is no rest for the most serious soccer players in the game such as Wagga protege Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

Having sacrificed much to pursue her sporting goals at the age of 15 she has achieved a lifelong dream; recruited to play in the W-League for 2015/16.

She signed with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, played her Premier League grand final on Sunday and has been summoned for training with the Wanderers on Monday.

She’s looking forward to the step up into the W-League, as she will be pitted against the best women’s soccer players in the country.

“What I’m most excited about, is that I really want to play against Lydia Williams, she’s one of my biggest inspirations in goals,” Mathyssen-Whyman said.

“It will probably be pretty scary but pretty awesome at the same time.”

She knew that she was being watched closely this season during her stint with the Macarthur Rams; as her coach Norm Boardman also coaches the Wanderers.

“He spoke to me and said if I do well through the season I’d have a spot with the Wanderers,” she said.

With her sights set on the W League, Mathyssen-Whyman gave it her all. The Rams had an immensely successful season and she was rewarded with the chance to play her first Premier League grand final on Sunday.

The final ended in heartbreak with a 5-4 loss to Sydney Uni. Two minutes into the match Macarthur Rams key centre back Hayley Crawford broke her ankle, and without Crawford on the field the pressure was on Mathyssen-Whyman.

“Most of the goals were one on ones, and hard balls to get to,” she said.

“We were really unlucky, losing Hayley and then with five minutes to go Kylie Ledbrook took a shot and hit the crossbar.”’

There’s not much happening for Mathyssen-Whyman on the Young Matildas front after the under 19s failed to qualify for the Junior FIFA World Cup but her W League commitments will keep her busy in upcoming months.

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