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OCT 27
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Pride win 5th straight, beat Breakers 4-2
The Pride moved into third place with the win
Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu scored a goal and added an assist on Saturday night for Orlando.  (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu scored a goal and added an assist on Saturday night for Orlando. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Rookie forward Rachel Hill scored twice as the Pride beat the Breakers 4-2 in front of a crowd of 5,413 fans at Orlando City Stadium on a rainy Saturday night in Orlando.

 

It’s the fifth straight win for the Pride (10-6-5, 35 points), who move into third place in the NWSL. The Red Stars will have a chance to pull equal on points with a win on Sunday and they also hold the first tiebreaker (head-to-head record: 2-0-1) over the Pride.

 

The Pride are unbeaten in six straight, going 5-0-1 over that span. Their last loss came on July 22 to Chicago.

 

Hill scored in the 8th and 15th minutes of the match for her second and third goals of the season.

 

Her first goal came after Chioma Ubogagu sent a cross into the box to the feet of Alex Morgan, whose shot was saved by Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith. The rebound bounced loose in the box and Hill cleaned it up to make it 1-0.

 

 

Hill doubled the lead in the 15th minute, tapping in a well-placed cross from Morgan.

Morgan, the August Player of the Month, was trying to score in her sixth straight game to tie the NWSL record, but would only make the scoresheet with an assist on the evening. Morgan also came into the game as the first player to ever score the game-winning goal in three straight games.

 

Breakers midfielder Rosie White pulled Boston to within a goal shortly after halftime, knocking in a cross from Amanda Frisbie for her fourth goal of the season.

 

 

In the 67th minute, Marta made it 3-1 when she scored her 12th goal of the season. Ubogagu found Marta in behind the Breakers defense and making a run into the penalty area. Marta hit a left-footed shot past Smith and to the lower left corner of the goal.

 

With the goal, Marta is now tied for second in the league with Megan Rapinoe, behind only Sam Kerr’s 16. It’s the first time in league history that three players have scored 12 or more goals in one season. She also joins Kim Little (16 goals, 7 assists in 2014) and Lauren Holiday (12 goals, 9 assists in 2013) as the only players with 12 or more goals and 5 or more assists in a season.

 

Breakers midfielder Rose Lavelle made her return to the NWSL in the 72nd minute, after missing the past three months with a hamstring injury. She was injured during a United States women’s national team game in Norway in June.

 

Ubogagu added a goal of her own in the 77th minute, stealing a Breakers pass and beating Smith to the far post to make it 4-1. It’s her fourth of the season and second in as many games for the Pride.

 

 

Breakers defender Julie King made it on the scoresheet in the 88th minute, heading an Adriana Leon corner kick past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris for her first goal of the season. It’s the sixth goal of her career.

Leon now has five assists to go with five goals this season for the Breakers.

 

King nearly added a second in the 90th minute but her header went just over the crossbar.

 

With the loss, the Breakers fell to 3-11-7 with 16 points. They will next take on Thorns at home in Boston on Sunday.

 

The Pride will continue their playoff push on Saturday night at home vs. Seattle Reign FC.

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