Alex Morgan Scores Gamewinner In Opening Round of 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Nov. 21, 2008
BERKELEY - Cal women's soccer sophomore forward Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the U.S. Under-20 National Team's 3-0 victory over France on Thursday morning at Estadio Nelson Oryuzan in Chillan, Chile.
'The goal felt awesome,' Morgan said. 'The most important thing was that the goal really lifted our team and raised our energy level. It was a great feeling.'
Morgan had a chance to score in the first two minutes when she turned a half-chance into a near goal, cranking a shot off the left post from a difficult angle just inside the penalty area. Morgan scored the Americans' first goal in the 64th minute when her thumping volley beat the French goalkeeper from 10 yards.
After a 0-0 draw between Argentina and China in the first game of the doubleheader, the U.S. now sits in first place in Group B with three points. The Americans will take on Argentina for their second match in Chillan on Saturday, Nov. 22 live on ESPN360.com at 10 a.m. ET before traveling to Temuco to face China on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in a match that can be seen live on ESPNU at 2 p.m. ET.
Morgan, who has been actively training with the team since April, had already contributed six goals in games with the U-20 squad. The Diamond Bar, Calif., product had a team-high nine goals for the Golden Bears in 2008, including one in the 2-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 26. She also tallied five assists and led Cal with 23 points.