Last Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Reading was made possible in part by an outstanding effort by Nicoline Sørensen for Everton.
The Toffee’s fell behind by two goals after just 17 minutes thanks to Justine Vanhaevermaet, but Hanna Bennison was able to reduce the deficit before the break.
The referee awarded Reading a penalty after 52 seconds when Charlie Wellings was brought down by Lucy Hope within the penalty area.
Courtney Brosnan was sent in the opposite direction as Justine Vanhaevermaet stepped up to take and finished into the bottom right corner.
Reading then doubled their advantage after just 17 minutes.
Sanne Troelsgaard dispossessed Megan Finnigan inside the Everton box and Justine Vanhaevermaet’s second goal was a direct result of the midfielder’s press, thus cementing Kelly Chambers’ team’s superiority.
Despite playing poorly for the majority of the first half, the Toffee’s persevered and scored four minutes before the break. A surging run and sharp turn from Lucy Hope, who has just signed a new contract with the Blues keeping her at the club until 2025, allowed Hanna Bennison to finish coolly.
In the second half, a revitalised Everton made a comeback, continuing to put pressure on the hosts and ultimately being rewarded with a successful penalty kick.
Despite Reading’s protests, referee Louise Saunders quickly decided to give the game’s second penalty after Jess Park was challenged by Diane Caldwell in the penalty area. Katja Snoeijs comfortably converted from the penalty spot to equalise.
Reading were holding on, but Nicoline Sørensen’s magical turn of events finally forced them to concede after 83 minutes. The Danish international cut inside and curled an exquisite ball into the far corner to give her side the much needed three points.
Player of the match for me has to be Nicoline Sørensen, incredible from start to finish and a goal worthy of a nomination for goal of the month.
Everton’s next fixture in the WSL is away to current Champions Chelsea on the 7th of May, kick off is at 6.45pm.