(Reuters) – Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema scored three goals on Sunday in the first half of WSL leader Arsenal’s 6-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, breaking Nikita Parris’ record and becoming the greatest scorer in history of the tournament.
Miedema broke the record with a goal in the 7th minute, putting the team ahead by 2 to 0. She scored two more before the break and reached 52 goals in 50 WSL matches. The result took Arsenal to their fifth victory in five games in the tournament.
The 24-year-old striker has already scored ten goals this season, leaving her with more goals individually than eight of the clubs in the tournament, which has 12 teams.
On a good day for Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City missed the chance to score more points. While Everton drew 2-2 at home against Brighton And Hove Albion, City were also only 1-1 with Reading.
American striker Christen Press scored his first goal for Manchester United in the 4-2 win over West Ham, while Birmingham City’s 4-0 win over Bristol City was tainted after Abbi Grant was sent off in the additions after receiving the second yellow card.
Arsenal lead the league with 15 points from five matches. Everton is 13 and ahead of Manchester United on goal difference. Chelsea, defending champions, are in fourth position, but with one game less.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor)