Highs and lows for Vine

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Former Sydney University Soccer Football Club player Cortnee Vine experienced the highs and lows of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – all within a week.

Vine’s goal in the penalty shootout with France in the quarter-final took the Matildas into the semi-final against England. She came on for the last 20 minutes of the match, only to see England win 3-1 and advance to the final against Spain.

It was a different story in 2018 when a Vine goal for Sydney University in the 84th minute of the NPL NSW Women’s Championship grand final against Northern Tigers at Valentine Sports Park levelled the score at 1-all and took the match into a penalty shoot-out which University won 4-1.

Sydney Uni had dominated through the majority of the NPLW competition, staying within the top three for the duration of the season. Despite taking some time out for a niggling knee injury, 20-year-old Vine still also managed to finish as third leading goal scorer of the competition.

Vine, who was also a member of the Newcastle Jets W-League team in 2019, ended the season as the First Grade leading scorer for University with 11 goals.

Along with her NPL and W-League career, Vine has also played for the Young Matildas in both Under 17s and Under 20s, scoring eight international goals.

Originally from Brisbane, Vine made her W-League debut for Brisbane Roar as a 16-year-old. The young striker moved to NSW in 2017 to play for the Newcastle Jets, as well as to participate in the Future Matildas Program and the NSW Women’s NPL.

A much travelled footballer, she also played for Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets, all in the W-League. She is now mooted to reject advances to play in Europe and is expected to re-sign with Sydney FC in the Women’s A League.