Olivia Chance was delighted to have made an impact as she netted a stunning goal to help Everton Ladies draw 3-3 at Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The New Zealander has been limited to cameos off the bench since her arrival in February as she adapts to the British game.
But in her latest appearance in the WSL 2 Spring Series on Sunday, she stepped off the bench to score a cracking late equaliser from long range to snatch a point at the Belles.
After Everton had raced to a 2-0 lead at the Keepmoat Stadium, the hosts netted three times to turn the game on its head. But on 86 minutes, Chance was presented with an opportunity to add a further twist to proceedings.
“The last few games, Andy (Spence) has just wanted me to get on the ball and to be confident,” she said. “I was struggling to get touches after coming on and Doncaster had scored their third.
“But we got a throw-in and I wanted to get in front of the defender. It was a case of ‘why not?’ - to be confident and take the defender on and see what happens. I got the ball, turned her and saw that the goal was open. I thought I’d go for it and see how it went!
“It was great to see it fly in. It is always great to score but for me it’s even better when it’s outside the box. I love those ones.
“It was a nice hit and a great way to score my first Spring Series goal. For it not to be a tap-in was nice as well. I’m really happy that I have been able to come on and make an impact.”
Chance is enjoying her early experiences of British football, having played in the college system in the United States and in Iceland. She does, however, admit that it has taken time to adapt to her new surroundings.
But goals like her rocket against Doncaster are certainly helping.
“Doncaster was a good game, very back and forth,” she added. “One minute we were up, then we were down and it was a very ‘English’ game, I suppose. I am slowly getting used to the style over here. I thought it would be easier – it’s actually turned out to be harder than I thought to get used to it.
“It’s been nice to have a few chances in recent games. It has helped me become a lot more confident to get on the ball in training, and hopefully that leads to more and more chances in the team.
“The girls are getting to know my personality as well and that has helped me settle here. It’s been great to bond with them over time and some of them are so tight because they have been here a long time. Slowly I am fitting in!”