One of the world’s top strikers scored her first hat trick for Chelsea but collided with a defender and was injured before her signature goal celebration

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  • Sam Kerr notched her first hat trick for Chelsea against West Ham Sunday.
  • The dominant striker found the back of the net in the 15th, 55th, and 68th minutes to extend the Blues' record undefeated streak in the FA WSL to 28 games.
  • But before Kerr could launch into her signature back flip celebration, she collided with an Irons defender and hurt her hip, forcing an early substitution in what constituted her best-ever game in blue and white.
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Sam Kerr is widely considered one of the most lethal offensive weapons on the planet, and on Sunday, she reminded the world why.

The prolific striker notched her first hat trick for Chelsea in the Blues' first game with fans at Kingsmeadow since February. Kerr's trio of goals — which came in the 15th, 55th, and 68th minutes — propelled Emma Hayes' side past West Ham 3-2 to extend Chelsea's record 28-game undefeated streak in the FA WSL.

Sam Kerr celebrates after scoring her first of three goals for Chelsea against West Ham.
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But the Australian international suffered an injury before she could celebrate the impressive feat with her signature backflip goal celebration. Upon slipping her third goal of the day into the back of the net, the 27-year-old collided with an Irons defender, smashing her left hip and limping away from the goal in obvious pain.

Kerr's stunning performance Sunday came after the Matildas captain faced considerable criticism for her lack of finishing in recent Chelsea matches. Her first goal against West Ham broke a three-game scoring drought for the all-time goals leader in both the National Women's Soccer League in the United States and the W-League in her native Australia. Kerr now paces the Blues in scoring for the year and ranks third in the FA WSL in total goals on the season behind Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord.

Sam Kerr celebrates a hat trick for the Matildas — Australia's national team — with her signature back flip.
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But Kerr's knock after her third goal of the day forced an early substitution in what constituted her best scoring performance in blue and white since joining the club in November 2019. Chelsea has not yet publicly spoken to the severity of Kerr's injury, so it remains unclear whether or not she'll be available for the first leg of the Blues' Champions League matchup against Portuguese side S.L. Benfica on Wednesday.

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