Beattie Goad wrote the goalscoring list earlier in the year. On it was a call from Westfield Matildas.
Now, the former Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City player is Westfield Matilda number 206.
He would be forgiven for thinking Matildas’ Westfield debut would have been a little different.
“It still feels a little surreal, amazing, I’m still processing it. But it’s a really good feeling. It was a tough match to debut, that’s for sure. And not the way it was expected to come. But all things considered, it’s super exciting. And there is nothing more special than wearing green and gold. “Goad tells matildas.com.au.
At 11th Minutes, Germany opened the scoring. Four minutes later Karly Roestbakken was forced off the field with an injury. Come in, Goad.
“At first I just thought okay, I’ll continue. Deep breath. “
And then I honestly didn’t have time to process it. The next minute, I was in the game, and I was just, the thought of football then crossed my head: okay, back off, stay in line, push. “
Goad’s journey to tread the field in Wiesbaden began quite frequently, playing with his brothers in the backyard and playing with the boys.
“And then I joined the NTC program and the country program, which then led to the W-League. And played with Dave Edmondson and Joe Montemurro, who really believed in me. “
Goad hasn’t played in the league in years, but it was part of the shaping stage of his football career.
Sharing the pitch with the likes of Jess Fishlock, fellow Westfields Matilda Aivi Luik, Lauren Barnes and Christine Nairn has been invaluable. And the last two helped him get to college football.
The 23-year-old graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and two NCAA Division I championships, but has earned many more.
“I think it taught me persistence. College teaches you how to get through adversity. Whether it’s an injury, whether it’s not playing the position you want to play, whether it’s juggling class, and exams, and running to practice, running to class without a shower, I think going through adversity and being diligent and committed and confident in yourself. “
Westfield W-League fans will remember Goad even more as an attacking winger. The shift to defense has been strengthened at his current club, German team SV Meppen.
“In terms of the left-back role, I think it really played a part when I was at Meppen. So I actually learned a lot more about wing-backs. I played quite a bit as a wing-back in college, but that is my solid position at Meppen. “
After getting a full-time job straight from Stanford, his brother and friends encouraged Goad to continue pursuing football.
Within two weeks of speaking with the coach at Meppen, the Melbourne native was on his way to Germany.
He played in all 17 Meppen matches in the Frauen-Bundesliga this season.
And all of this – Melbourne, Stanford, Meppen – has culminated in his first game for his country. But for Goad, this debut was not his own achievement.
“I think that means a lot of things. First, it means a lot to my family. The amount of hard work and sacrifice they put in. They also wear this jersey.
“I told my mother that the number of hours my brother has trained me with, the number of hours my mother has brought to and from training, both parents are working full time. So it was not easy. So I wore this jersey. , but so are my family.
“Another thing is that I wear it for all the other girls who have this dream. I know a lot of girls want to be here and want to wear this jersey. So I just try to accept it with as much respect as I can. And give me my heart for representing your country, it’s only once in a lifetime. “