Late goal gives the Orlando Pride win over New Jersey
Sydney Leroux scored twice, Rachel Hill had game-winner for Pride
ORLANDO – The Orlando Pride did something Saturday they haven't done much of so far this year, which is win a game in front of their home fans.
Rachel Hill scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute and Sydney Leroux scored two goals to lift the Pride to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Sky Blue FC at Orlando City Stadium.
Hill headed home a cross by Alex Morgan to give the Pride (5-3-4) just their second win of the season at home.
The goal capped off a back-and-forth affair that started when the Pride took a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the game on a goal by Leroux.
New Jersey tied the game in the 16th minute on a goal by Savannah McCaskill, but the Pride regained the lead at 2-1 in the 31st minute on another goal by Leroux.
New Jersey (0-9-2) again the tied the game on a goal by Madison Tiernan in the 37th minute that tied the game at 2-2.
"Over the 90 minutes, I think we're probably a little bit fortunate to come away with a win tonight. We created enough chances to win the game but I think we also did enough things poorly that could've lost us the game. So it's a mixed performance," Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. "I think we started well, [then] we went to sleep, then we came back a little bit and we went to sleep again. Second half we had to tough it out. Had a couple chances, they had a couple chances and we're fortunate that we got the win. I think we won the game because we've got some really good quality. That got us over the edge tonight."
The Pride will hit the road again next Saturday for a 7 p.m. game at Washington.
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