Blacktown Spartans down Sydney University in NPL NSW Women's

From the spot: Gabe Marzano scored the game-winning goal for the Blacktown Spartans, taking advantage of a penalty in the box. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
From the spot: Gabe Marzano scored the game-winning goal for the Blacktown Spartans, taking advantage of a penalty in the box. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Blacktown Spartans have risen to second on the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s ladder with a 2-1 win over Sydney University SFC.

University entered the game undefeated but the Spartans showed they will be one of the teams to beat this season with a confident win.

Locked at 1-all at half-time, Sydney FC W-League representative Gabe Marzano scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

“Coming off the bench, I always want to make a positive impact,” she said.

“The team culture here is amazing and when you score it’s a great feeling. To top this one off and secure the three points, it’s great.”

The win sees the Spartans move just one point behind ladder leaders Macarthur Rams.

After six rounds, it’s a logjam at the top of the ladder with just four points separating first and sixth.

Captain Alix Roberts said it was a strong win from the side, especially considering University are the defending premiership and championship winners.

“(University) have a massive target on their back and to be the team to knock them off their clean slate is something pretty special,” she said. 

“I think consistency is important to win this league and at the start we did have a few losses but in those losses, we saw the positives.”

Next week, the Spartans take on seventh-placed Football NSW Institute at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday at 3pm.