Rachel Hill’s goal gives the Pride a 3-2 win over Sky Blue FC
Hill's game-winner came in the 83rd minute
Rachel Hill scored her fourth goal of the season for Orlando vs. Sky Blue FC in Week 12. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
Rachel Hill scored her fourth goal of the season for Orlando vs. Sky Blue FC in Week 12. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Sydney Leroux bagged a brace and Rachel Hill scored in the 83rd minute as the Orlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 3-2 at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night.

The Pride have lost just once in their last nine games and moved to 5-3-4 (19 points) with the win. Sky Blue FC fell to 0-9-2 with the loss and are winless through their first 11 games, tying the 2013 Seattle Reign for the longest winless streak to start the season. The 2013 Reign also went 0-9-2 before earning their first win.

Leroux wasted no time getting her first goal, scoring in just the second minute. Chioma Ubogagu‘s pass skipped over the Sky Blue FC defense and to a wide-open Leroux in the box. Leroux took a few touches before striking it with her left foot to put Orlando up 1-0.

Sky Blue FC equalized in the 16th minute when rookie Imani Dorsey intercepted a pass at midfield. Her pass sprung Savannah McCaskill and the two raced down the field on the break. McCaskill passed back to Dorsey, whose shot was saved by Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, but the rebound went to McCaskill who one-timed it home.

Leroux put the Pride out in front again in the 31st minute, with a diving header to finish a cross from Christine Nairn. Nairn now leads the NWSL with four assists.

But Sky Blue FC equalized again in the 37th minute courtesy of Madison Tiernan. Off a Sky Blue FC throw-in, Katie Johnson‘s shot was saved by Harris, but Tiernan pounced on the rebound to make it 2-2.

Sky Blue stayed in the match, with both teams trading chances well into the second half. But Orlando subbed in Marta in the 73rd minute, and she made the difference in the match. Marta missed last week’s match with a calf strain, and was listed as questionable on this week’s injury report.

In the 77th minute, she forced a big save from Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

Then in the 83rd minute, Marta weaved through two Sky Blue defenders and found Morgan on the left wing. Morgan crossed into the box and Hill headed it home for the game-winner.

The Pride remain in third place, but tied on 19 points with second-place Seattle Reign FC.

The Pride will next visit the Washington Spirit on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS). Sky Blue FC gets another shot at their first win on Wednesday, June 27 on the road vs. Portland Thorns FC.


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