Perth Glory strike duo Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill look ready to set the Westfield W-League alight after a scintillating start to the season.

The pair has already amassed an impressive seven goals between them after just two rounds for the league leaders.

Hill’s hat-trick in Glory’s 4-1 away win over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday saw her move to the top of the Westfield W-League goal scoring charts.

Kerr scored Glory’s other goal and played a part in two of Hill’s goals as her pace and trickery opened up the Roar defence time and time again.

The pair have gelled seamlessly as last season’s grand final runners up send an early warning to the rest of the competition.

 

 

While fans of the Westfield W-League will be all too familiar with Kerr less may be known about Hill.

American import Hill joined Glory in the off-season from National Women’s Soccer League club Orlando Pride where she played alongside Matildas Alanna Kennedy and Steph Catley and was coached by former Matildas coach Tom Sermanni.

Hill, who turned 22 in April is part of the US Women’s under 23 side and will be looking to use a strong showing in the W-League as a springboard into the US national side.

Glory coach Bobby Despotovski was full of praise for Hill who’s hit the ground running for the Western Australian club.

“She’s (Hill) an exceptional young player, we knew that from the recommendations that we got from her coach in America.”

“She gels in very well with the team and complements Sammy (Kerr) nicely up front,” Despotovski said.

 

 

Despotovski said his new strike pairing was gelling nicely and would only get better with time.

“It’s only going to get stronger especially with Raquel (Rodriguez) playing in the 10 position and linking those two lines together.”

“They had enough time off to recoup after the season in America and we’re training hard, which showed towards the end of the game.”

 “I only see the relationship between them strengthening and also with the midfielders as well.”

Glory’s win over Roar sees them move to the summit of the Westfield W-League ladder with Hill’s and Kerr’s goals taking them ahead of Newcastle Jets on goal difference.

Despotovski said his side is taking it one game at a time as they look to go one better following last year’s grand final loss to Melbourne City.

“Everybody is finding their feet still, six weeks in we’ll see where we’re at. We’re going to strive to get into the grand final again and hopefully win it,” Despotovski concluded.

Glory travel to Marden Sport Complex for their next match against Adelaide United on Friday November 10.

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.