Hilde Olsen is looking forward to more exciting days in England after inspiring Sunderland Ladies to third position in Women’s Super League 1.
The summer signing helped the Lady Black Cats beat Notts County 2-1 in front of a bumper crowd at Hetton on Sunday and is now looking to do the same to Chelsea this Saturday.
I was happy with my game, but there is always something you can do better.
The cliche ‘dream debut’ could have been written for the Norwegian.
Olsen made several vital saves, none more crucial than the excellent block at the death top deny County’s England striker Ellen White when the score was 1-1.
The World Cup forward was clean through on goal with only the Norwegian to beat, but the new signing came out on top.
Sunderland then went to the other end, where Beth Mead blasted in a brilliant winner to send Carlton Fairweather’s side and the crowd at the Eppleton CW ground into ecstasy.
“Three points and making a couple of saves as well, it can’t get any better than that,” smiled the 23-year-old.
“I didn’t know who she (White) was actually.
“You don’t think about who you are playing, you just do your job.”
Olsen did that job to perfection after having the task of filling the gloves of Rachael Laws. The Sunderland vice-captain is recovering from a knee injury picked up in training following the end of the first half of WSL1.
Laws was unable to play and the club made the timely signing of Olsen,a member of the Norway U23 squad.
She told the Echo she enjoyed her debut and has settled in nicely at the Academy of Light.
“I was both nervous and excited,” she said. “I think it’s good to be a little nervous because you concentrate all the time.
“I was happy with my game, but there is always something you can do better.
“I have have enjoyed every day so far.
“I feel at home already and the girls have been really nice.
“I have been a professional already, once in Sweden and then in my last club in Norway.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m glad I have it.
“For Norwegians, playing football in England is the biggest thing you can do.”
And matches, at male or female level, do not come any bigger than Chelsea.
That’s next for Sunderland and Olsen, with the WSL1 leaders coming to Eppleton’s ground this Saturday.
But for Olsen, the aim is the same.
“We want the win so we’ll be going for the three points,” she said. “That’s what we’ll be focusing on.”