Morgan, Lloyd score in 2-0 US win over Colombia
Now that Alex Morgan has a goal, she doesn’t want to look back on the opportunities she’s missed. She wants to look forward to the goals to come.
“I don’t remember the last goal I’ve had with this team,” said Morgan, who had been hampered by a bone bruise in her left knee going into the tournament. “And that’s not a good sign. I don’t want to look back and see when the last one was because now I’ve scored, and it’s a fresh start moving forward.”
Morgan scored her first goal of the Women’s World Cup and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night. Her previous U.S. goal came March 6 in the Algarve Cup.
Abby Wambach’s penalty kick early in the second half went wide after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez — a backup herself — was ejected for a foul on Morgan. Stefany Castano, who replaced Perez in goal, got a hand on Morgan’s shot five minutes later, but couldn’t stop the goal to put the United States up 1-0.
“It didn’t have much power on it as I wanted, but it went in and that’s all that matters,” she said about her right-footed goal.
Usually she’s lefty: “It comes in handy when it needs to,” she smiled.
Carli Lloyd also scored for the second-ranked Americans, who will face No. 16 China on Friday in Ottawa. The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 1999.
The Americans have not allowed a goal in 333 minutes.
Colombia has never won soccer’s premier tournament, but the No. 28 Las Cafeteras pulled off one of the biggest upsets in any World Cup in the group stage when they defeated third-ranked France 2-0.
United States’ Alex Morgan #13 chases as Colombia’s Orianica Velasquez #9 kicks the ball during first half FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, June 22.