Another stunning virtuoso performance from Sam Kerr was not enough to keep Perth Glory's semi-final hopes alive as Canberra United returned home from the west with a remarkable 4-4 draw.
Kerr displayed rare form, even by her lofty standards, in scoring a 29-minute first-half half-trick, only for Canberra to come from three goals down and deny Perth a crucial win.
Ashleigh Sykes netted a double to pull United back into contention, before a chaotic first half ended 4-3 in favour of the hosts in Bunbury.
Norwegian midfielder Elise Thorsnes scored the equaliser on the hour mark with the draw leaving sixth-placed Perth two points behind their opponents and three adrift of the top four.
Though two rounds remain, Perth, who were narrowly defeated in last season's grand final, have just one more match to play.
Despite the looming early end to the season for Glory, Kerr could add yet another accolade to her burgeoning resume after moving to 11 goals for the season, three clear of teammate Rachel Hill in the race for the W-League golden boot.
"We knew that we had to win and we just fell short with a few individual mistakes costing us," Glory coach Bobby Despotovski said.
"Scoring four goals in a game of this importance and not coming away with all three points is a little bit disappointing."