A hat-trick by Caitlin Varcoe has helped Cambridge into the semi-finals of the Waikato Women’s Cup after beating the highly-rated Tokoroa 3-2.
The 19-year-old Varcoe had found the net only twice in Cambridge’s season so far but she timed her goalscoring form to perfection in the quarter-final at John Kerkhof Park.
In the first half, Varcoe scored twice to give Cambridge a 2-0 lead against Tokoroa who play their league football a division higher.
The visitors pulled a goal back to make the score 2-1 at the break and then found an equaliser.
But Varcoe wasn’t done and she found a third goal to take the Cambridge team into the cup’s last four.
The Hill Homes Player of the Day was awarded to Varcoe while coach Andrew Taylor said his entire team had played a near-perfect game of football to win. All his players had been outstanding, he said.
Cambridge have a proud record in recent cup competitions.
The team won the 2014 Waikato Women’s Cup. They were beaten finalists in 2013 and 2015.
The side were runners-up in the 2016 Waikato Plate.
Main photo: Cambridge’s Caitlyn Varcoe scores against Tokoroa.
The following images were taken by Cambridge FC’s official photographer Louis Roberts: