Sonia Gegenhuber

Defender Sonia Gegenhuber is Matilda cap number 63 having played seventy-five (75) international matches for Australia in a career spanning 1989-99, including captaincy of the Matildas in 1998-99.

Born on 28 September 1970, in South Australia, Sonia started football at the age of ten though she also played tennis, netball and took part in athletics.

Sonia was determined to represent Australia at sport and at eighteen (18) played football against Japan in 1989 and gained national selection in the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying matches against New Zealand and Papua New Guinea where she scored a goal from the backline.

From South Australia, she moved to Queensland where she played for Coalstars, Eastern Suburbs and QAS Sting. An athletic defender and good communicator, she was strong in the air and had the ability to overlap with the midfield making incisive runs forward. She played two matches in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden.

In 2013, Football Federation Australia named Gegenhuber as part their women's team of the decade for the years 1990 to 1999. After her retirement from international football she concentrated on coaching, teaching and as a remedial massage therapist. She was a member of the Matildas staff on a tour of China in 2007, and coached and managed the Queensland schoolgirls football team from 2009-14.