Alex Morgan Contributes Two Goals in 3-0 U.S. Victory
Nov. 24, 2008
CHILLAN, Chile - Cal women's soccer sophomore forward Alex Morgan scored two goals in the U.S. Women's Under-20 National Team 3-0 victory over Argentina on Saturday. The game was the Americans' second of Group B at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. The win gives the U.S. six points through two games and assures the team a place in the quarterfinal round.
'I think we just tried to keep up the same intensity as we had in our last game,' Morgan said. 'We got a great goal from Becky Edwards to start and we had a lead at halftime. We knew we were going to have to keep our energy level up though because Argentina was going to come at us even more.'
Morgan helped the U.S. double its lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when she received a pass and shot the ball past the Argentina goalkeeper with the outside of her left foot. The 5-7 forward added an insurance goal in the 90th minute to seal the game at 3-0. A long ball from near midfield got over Argentina's defensive line and Morgan was again in alone on the goalie. This time the Argentine keeper got off her line quickly, but the composed Morgan touched it by her and into the open net.
Morgan was named the Sierra Mist Woman of the Match for her performance. The goals were Morgan's second and third in two games. She scored the game-winner in Thursday's 3-0 victory over France.
'I do think that my nerves were a little calmer at the start of today's game than they were the other day [against France],' Morgan said. 'Maybe that first goal did help with my confidence a little bit.'
Morgan, who has been actively training with the team since April, had already contributed six goals in games with the U-20 squad prior to traveling to Chile. 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.