Zelem wins March Goal of the Month award
Manchester United captain Katie Zelem has won the FA Women’s Super League Goal of the Month award for March.
The midfielder claimed the prize for her second strike in our 4-0 win over Leicester City at Leigh Sports Village.
Incredibly, Zelem scored directly from a corner on two occasions in the victory over the Foxes.
But it was the second of those memorable two set pieces that earned her the award.
Also nominated for the accolade were Dagny Brynjarsdottir (West Ham United), Laura Coombs (Manchester City) and Claire Emslie (Everton), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Maya Le Tissier (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Guro Reiten (Chelsea).
But Zelem emerged triumphant in the fan vote, to cap a memorable month on both a personal and collective level.
Remarkably, her Goal of the Month-winning effort was her third strike directly from a corner during this calendar year.
“The first one against Man City, I was just aiming for the back-post area and letting the girls attack it,” Zelem recently told the i newspaper.
“Then I thought: ‘I could do that again!’ It got to the Leicester game and I thought: I should have started practising this earlier!
“Now I think people are clocking on to it! We played Reading straight after and they had the tallest player on the back post so they were prepared. We’ve had more corner [goals] than we have penalty goals!”
The 26-year-old was instrumental in leading United's charge towards potential Champions League qualification in March, scoring three goals and even deputising in central defence during one injury-hit fixture at West Ham.
The Reds currently boast a three-point lead over fourth-place Manchester City in the race for the the WSL's final Champions League spot.
And while the Blues have a game in hand, United boast a superior goal difference.
“Just consistently competing within the top four is already an unbelievable achievement,” Zelem says.
“Because it is Manchester United, because of the history and heritage of the club, people are quick to forget how new the women’s team is. That is something we need to put into perspective. It took the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal years to get into these positions and be competing for the Champions League.”
Congratulations on your award, Katie, and keep up the good form!