The Orlando Pride finally got the offensive explosion they were waiting for against the Chicago Red Stars.
All three of the club’s biggest attackers were involved in the Pride’s 5-2 victory over Chicago.
Sydney Leroux came off the bench and netted her first two goals of the season. Alex Morgan provided a goal, her second goal of the season. Marta continued her fine form and picked up her third assist in two games.
For Rachel Hill, it was fun to watch – even more fun to be a part of. It was satisfying because it was a bounce-back from a sub-par performance for the club against the league-leading North Carolina Courage.
“After the performance against North Carolina … obviously it wasn’t our best,” Hill said. “We knew that we needed to do better and that we could to better. I think that we just all held ourselves accountable and just had a great performance.”
Hill scored her third goal of the season and her second in two games. She’s got three goals so far this season — her second with the Pride — and is second on the team behind Chioma Ubgoagu, another forward who wasn’t a household name before the season but who, like Hill, is working to change that.
“Just trying to make the most of the opportunities that I get and just working hard and creating as much as I can,” she said.
Hill – like many of the players at coach Tom Sermanni’s disposal – has been effective as a starter and as a super sub for the Pride. The club’s attack is crowded with the aforementioned big names, so players like Hill and Ubogagu have needed to take advantage of chances when they’re available.
She’s appeared in nine of the Pride’s (4-3-3, 15 points) matches so far. Last season, Hill has three goals in 14 appearances (eight starts) for the Pride.
“I mean, everyone likes to play as much as they can so obviously I’d prefer starting,” Hill said with a smile. “Whatever’s given to me, I’ll take it. Whether I come off the bench or get the start, either way, doesn’t matter. Whatever my role is, I’ll take it and I’ll do the best I can.”
Meanwhile, she’s learning from the all-time greats she has access to with Pride.
“Obviously, it’s incredible to play with the names that we have,” Hill said. “I always look up to them and I’m always learning from them as much as I can. It’s good to compete with all of them. It kind motivates you a little extra, I guess.
“Since we’re professionals, I think that no matter where we are or what environment we’re in, who we’re with, we’re always going to try our best and work our hardest. It kind of makes you know you need to be on your A-game at all times because you have people like that.”