In one of the few remaining active soccer leagues in the world, Americans Lauren Barnes and Ally Watt were part of a championship Saturday in Australia as Melbourne City defeated visiting Sydney FC, 1-0, in the W-League grand final.

The match was played behind closed doors because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Steph Catley scored in the 15th minute on an angled shot that was not handled properly by American goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Catley, an Australian national team defender-midfielder, is on loan from OL Reign (Tacoma, Wash.) in the National Women’s Soccer League. Previously, she played for the Orlando Pride and the Portland Thorns.

Bledsoe is on loan from the Washington Spirit.

Barnes, a defender also on loan from OL Reign, played all 90 minutes. Watt — a former Texas A&M forward who in January was drafted in the first round by the North Carolina Courage — entered in the 85th minute. She is expected to join the defending champion Courage this year.

Sydney’s three U.S. players were on the field from start to finish: Bledsoe and forwards Sofia Huerta (OL Reign) and Veronica Latsko (Houston Dash).

Final season stats for the five Americans involved in the final:

Barnes: 14 matches, 13 starts.

Watt: five matches, one start, three goals.

Bledsoe: 14 matches, 14 starts.

Huerta: 14 matches, 14 starts, three goals.

Latsko: 10 matches, eight starts, three goals.

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