Box Hill United U/19 girls’ industrious striker Erin Keyt has been promoted to the senior squad this term, and the youngster revealed her aspiration to excel at this level consistently.
2019 is Keyt’s second season in Box Hill colours, and she is the fourth U/19s’ player to have punched their way into the senior set-up this term, alongside goalkeeper Gabriella Eggleton, and midfielders Melanie Martinez and Laura Pickett.
The 16-year-old has already played in the Nike FC Cup against Boroondara Eagles (Rd 3) and Melbourne University (semi-final), in the league twice against Geelong Galaxy United, and was on the bench against South Melbourne and Heidelberg United.
Elated with her progress, Keyt said, “It was really exciting. I didn’t really expect it, but I have really worked hard to get here, and that’s where I really want to be. The level of intensity has stepped up [for me], and it’s more professional.
“[Going into the match situations] was actually a lot different [than in training], because the other senior teams are very physical and much more intense than in the U/19s.”
A pocket rocket striker, who looks to make menacing runs behind enemy lines with an eye for goal, Keyt has seen her stock rising at Wembley Park. She clinched the 2018 NPLW (U/16s) grand final title with us – scoring the winner in a 1-0 triumph against Calder United.
On playing alongside our senior women’s forward trio of Emma Langley, Maja Markovski and Emma Hubbard, Keyt explained how this added to her learning curve immensely.
“Playing with them [has been] really good, because I can learn the skills from them [as a striker], and also how to [focus on] defending,” she added. “[Skills like] one-versus-one, getting the first touch right…seeing them on the pitch makes me want to train harder and get to their level.”
Formerly of Bayside United (U/13s) and South Melbourne (U/15s), the pacy Keyt bagged top-scorer awards successively at the respective age-groups in 2016 and 2017 with the two clubs. She also represented Victoria at the 2018 National Youth Championships (U/15s), and played futsal for the Melbourne Dragons.
The young gun is now biding her time to continue her progress at Wembley Park. Looking ahead, she said, “I have come far but I have just got to work harder to get at higher levels. [The experience] is much better because you get more out of it.
“In a year, hopefully playing for the seniors [more regularly]…[with senior women’s head coach Brian Roberts] telling me that I can be in the team next year, that’s enough motivation for me. So, I have just got to work to that.”
Images courtesy: Kick It Pics / Dawn Keyt