Kasia Lipka is set to reach a special milestone when Sunderland Ladies resume Women’s Super League action this weekend.
But the new signing wants to celebrate her 100th league appearance with a result against Liverpool.
Lipka will be in the midfield for the Lady Black Cats against the Reds at Mariners Park on Saturday evening (kick-off 6pm).
The 24-year-old has been a key cog in Melanie Reay’s side who sit third in the WSL1 table and wants to see the team carry on in the same vein.
“As a team, it’s important that we build on our great start and continue to pick up points,” said Lipka.
“We know what we’re capable of and although we are seen as the underdogs going into most matches, we know that we can compete at this level.
“I’m confident that we can achieve a good finish in the league and it would be nice to have a good cup run too!
“Personally, my aim is to continue developing as a player and to establish myself as part of a strong Sunderland side in the top division.”
It will be Sunderland’s second home game at the South Shields ground, where they lost heavily to Chelsea, the title favourites.
Confidence though remains high, having won three times on the road, twice in WSL1 at Reading and Yeovil, and at Durham in the Contintal Cup.
Lipka began playing first-team football aged just 16 for Doncaster Rovers Belles, but is now enjoying a new chapter on Wearside.
“I feel very proud to have reached that milestone and to be in the 100 club,” admitted Lipka in an interview wit the club’s website.
“I think back to my first appearances and I never expected to play so many games.
“I am very grateful to have been given the chance to play at the top level from the age of 16 and to have played amongst some great players along the way.
“Even though it’s a great personal achievement for me it won’t affect my preparation and approach to the match.
“I’m looking forward to a home game at Mariners Park and I’m confident that we can get a result.”