Alex Morgan named Sportswoman of the Year
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Former California soccer standout Alex Morgan was awarded the prestigious Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) Sportswoman of the Year Award for a team sport, given to an individual athlete in a team sport who exhibits exceptional performances over a 12-month time span. She was honored on Wednesday at the WSF Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards held in New York City.
Morgan had an extraordinary year and proved to be an indispensable part of the U.S. Team at the 2012 Olympic Games where she scored the winning goal in the semifinal match against Canada in the third and final minute of extra time at the end of the second overtime period, sending the United States to the gold medal match against Japan. It was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition. In the final, a 2-1 win against Japan, Morgan assisted on a Carli Lloyd header for the first U.S. goal. Morgan scored three goals and had four assists in her first Olympic Games, also scoring twice against France. As the Team begins preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, U.S. fans are looking forward to watching Morgan continue to be a force on the international stage as the No. 1-ranked U.S. Women's National Soccer Team looks to reclaim the World Cup trophy in North America.
Morgan, who is tied for third on Cal's all-time scoring list with 45 goals and ranks third with 107 career points, was an NSCAA All-American and Hermann Trophy finalist as a senior in 2010. She was a two-time first team All-Pac-12 selection, starting 61 of 67 games in which she appeared, and led the Bears in scoring in each of her four seasons on campus. In 2007, she was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and garnered Soccer America All-Freshman honors. Additionally, she earned Academic All-Pac-10 distinction during her sophomore and junior seasons and was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District 8 team as a senior.
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