Top Imports of the Westfield W-League Season: Rachel Hill
After a strong debut campaign Rachel Hill returned to Perth Glory for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.
The American forward netted nine goals last year and it was perhaps unsurprising that head coach Bobby Despotovski chased her signature for another campaign.
The 23-year old plays for Orlando Pride (who also wear purple) and certainly did her chances of featuring for the NWSL side in their upcoming season no harm after another influential stint down under.
Let’s take a look at the season that was for Rachel Hill!
While not as successful goals-wise this season, six in 14 appearances, her partnership with fellow forward Sam Kerr was a revelation and propelled Glory all the way to the big dance.
Indeed, ahead of the Westfield W-League Grand Final, a match Perth ultimately went down in 4-2, Hill and Kerr had provided nine assists for each other.
That stat is made even more impressive by the fact it was more than twice as many as any other duo across the entire Westfield W-League.
Clubs across the world would surely be tempted to try and lure both players in an attempt to repeat the devastating partnership.
It only took three games for Hill to get off the mark with a brace against Western Sydney Wanderers during the Glory’s 3-0 rout.
Despite it coming against the lowly Wanderers, Hill’s first strike certainly wasn’t a tap in with the New Hampshire-born striker unleashing a curling left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area and past a diving Jada Whyman.
Her second was equally spectacular, the American gathering the ball in a crowded area before turning and looping a shot over the head of Whyman.
Dismantling the Champions
While Melbourne City ultimately didn’t make the finals, early on many expected the three-time Champions to be well in the running to go for four-consecutive titles.
So, when Hill and Kerr tore City apart in their Round 4 clash at HBF Park, most pundits sat up and began to take notice of the duo in purple.
Hill was put through by Kerr on 21 minutes and made no mistake with her finish before the roles were reversed shortly after half-time when Hill squared the ball to the Westfield Matilda before she beat Lydia Williams.
The ease with which Hill cut through the City defence was a sign of things to come with fans and commentators marking her as a danger player from this point onwards.