Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Ken Coburn
United States bound midfielder Jayde Lowe is determined to further Gold Coast City Women’s finals push in her farewell game for the club this weekend.
Lowe will take her bow with the club she has represented for the past four seasons at Duncan McKenna Field against fourth-placed Eastern Suburbs.
The tie looms as a make-or-break proposition for City as they eye a late season charge for the top four and a PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland Semi-Final berth.
However, for Lowe the match will hold extra significance ahead of departure next week for Drury University in Missouri on a scholarship.
The 18-year-old said she is determined to go out a winner.
“Of course, it would be ideal to get a win in my last game with the girls,” Lowe said.
“But I’m just excited to just go out and play one last time with these girls. I have played with many of them for years now.”
“If the result goes our way that will be great but, if not, I will still enjoy it. But, of course, if I can get an assist or a goal that will be nice too.”
Currently sitting in sixth place in the standings, City are eleven points shy of Easts in the hunt for fourth place.
However, with a game in hand, and Easts still to play four more matches against the league’s top three teams, a win this weekend will be invaluable for City’s finals ambitions.
Lowe said she and her teammates are not letting the mathematics of finals qualification enter their thinking.
“Our goal is always to play our best in every game – nobody ever plays to lose,” she said.
“It’s not something that has been hanging over our heads. Our focus has been the same and everyone is working as hard as always.”
Lowe, who originally hails from the small town of Millthorpe in New South Wales, progressed through the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s junior ranks before making her debut with the City top team in 2015.
She said her time with City was crucial to developing her skills and gameplay to a level that is in demand in the world’s top nation for female football.
“If you are going to go to America, where soccer is massive at the college level, then you need to play at the highest levels here first.”
“The NPL gave me that opportunity. To play with some of the best players in my team and in the comp has done me the world of good.”
While Lowe has always been a very grounded personality, she did concede her ambitions to take her game to higher levels following her college stint.
“Going to college is the next step for me and after that I hope there is another one.”
“I would love to play at the next level, whether that is the W-League or staying in America in the (Women’s National Soccer League) there maybe.”
“That’s definitely a goal of mine, so we will see how it goes,” she concluded.
Lowe is one of two additions to the squad that delivered a come-from-behind 3-2 win over SWQ Thunder last week, with Neesa Doyle also listed as a substitute.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland – Round 14
Gold Coast City FC v Eastern Suburbs FC
Sunday, July 16 | 11:00AM
Duncan McKenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN (gk), 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 4. Lily LOWE, 5. Jade HORCICKA, 9. Jayde LOWE (in), 10. Georgia ELLISTON, 11. Ena TSUZUMI, 12. Joy FORSYTH (c), 18. Courtney BLACK, 20. Jessica AUSTIN, 21. Emily BENTON
Substitutes: 6. Alana GIGGINS, 7. Brie BOND, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 16. Neesa DOYLE (in)