“An amazing feeling!” – Apostolakis on first Liberty A-League goal

15-year-old defender Alexia Apostolakis on scoring her very first goal against Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

A bright spark in the Wanderers campaign this season, Apostolakis has made a name for herself in the domestic competition for her composed performances that are beyond her years.

Saturday’s fixture against the Jets was a rollercoaster of highs and lows for the young gun who went from villain to hero after conceding a penalty in the second-half.

“It was such an amazing feeling,” said Apostolakis.

“I was really emotional, especially after conceding the penalty.

“It felt really good to get one back and I felt really relieved that I kept going to the end.”

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 19: Alexia Apostolakis of Western Sydney celebrates her goal with team mates during the round 12 A-League Women’s match between Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers at No 2. Sportsground, on February 19, 2022, in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The Wanderers bounced back after two consecutive 5-0 defeats to put in a strong shift against the Jets and were almost the runaway winners until they conceded a late goal in the dying minutes of the match.

The point away from home is still a positive with Apostolakis and the Wander Women using it as motivation heading into Sunday’s match against Wellington Phoenix.

“We were really fighting until the end in this one so it was really disappointing to let that goal in,” said Apostolakis.

“We’ve got to keep focusing as this was a great game and it boosted our spirits heaps.

“The losses were extremely difficult for us, we just kept coming back to training, kept fighting and kept working.

“It was a team effort, our coach was really into it and our team was really into it so hopefully we win the next round.”