Matildas star Hayley Raso has scored a hat-trick as Everton thrashed in-form Brighton 5-0 in the Women’s Super League in the UK.

The sixth-placed Brighton had won their last four matches but had no answer to Australian midfielder Raso at Broadfield Stadium on Sunday.

Everton captain Izzy Christiansen opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after Maya Le Tissier fouled Raso in the box.

Raso doubled the lead from close range less than a minute later and scored her second of the game early in the second half after getting on the end of Claire Emslie’s looping ball into the box.

Simone McGill tapped home her fifth league goal of the season in the 64th minute after the hosts failed to clear Christiansen’s free-kick.

Raso, 26, completed her hat-trick 15 minutes later when she pounced on a low cross from substitute Nicoline Sorensen.

It’s been a successful weekend for Matildas players as Caitlin Foord netted her 10th goal of the season for Arsenal on Saturday to help her side to a 3-0 victory over Tottenham.

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