WOMEN'S TEAM

Snoeijs' Fuel For Success

Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier this year, Katja Snoeijs was a striker in clinical goalscoring form.

Six goals in the space of 13 matches ensured the Everton forward's place in the Netherlands squad for the finals of the tournament, held in Oceania.

It would be eventual winners Spain who brought Dutch dreams to an end at the quarter-final stage, but Snoeijs' says her first taste of the World Cup has fuelled her desire for more success at domestic and international level.

“The World Cup was definitely one of the highlights of my career so far,” she told the evertonfc.com.

“It was an amazing thing to experience and something I learnt a lot from.

“I think it motivates you massively, just being there and seeing how big a tournament like that is, and how many fans show up to the event.

“It inspires you to come back to your club or country and try to re-create the same level you played in during the tournament.

“We played against the eventual World Champions [Spain] and while we lost to them, you can still draw positives when you think how we went up against them.

“It makes you want to beat them next time. You think ‘okay, now we’re at this level but if we want to become World Champions then there’s still room to improve’.

“That’s the level you want to reach in your training sessions and in games.”

Snoeijs finished her maiden Everton campaign as the Club’s top goalscorer with eight goals in all competitions.

The 27-year-old insists she isn’t obsessing over reclaiming that accolade this term but will always welcome the pressure of registering on the scoresheet.

“I always perform better under certain pressure,” she continued. “Of course, you always need to find a balance in terms of making sure it’s healthy and you’re not getting too distracted or anxious.

“I always challenge myself a little bit, I just want to start better than I did last season and hopefully that will end up in more goals.

“In the end, scoring goals is the end product of what you do. As a striker, you can’t say you don’t want score goals, but you're trying not to be too focused on it.

“Instead, be focussed on the chances and getting in the right positions, and then you can look at how the stats are at the end of the season.”

Everton bolstered their attacking ranks over the summer, recruiting Italy international, Martina Piemonte, while Toni Duggan also returned to the forward line following a period of maternity leave.

And, with each of the trio offering different attributes, Snoeijs believes the Blues are in a strong place looking forward to the rest of the term.

“I think there is still work to be done with regards to how we play together,” she added.

“We’re all different types of strikers, so it’s about getting to know each other’s qualities and then getting the best out of your teammate.

“The advantage of playing with two strikers is that you can complement each other to get the best out of both.

“We are all really intelligent players; it’s just going to take more experience of playing together to get a better understanding of what we want from each other.”

Everton return to Walton Hall Park on Sunday 19 November to face Bristol City in the Barclays Women's Super League.

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