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SOCCER: Alex Morgan Wins 2012 Best Goal Award

SOCCER: Alex Morgan Wins 2012 Best Goal Award

2012 OLYMPIC REWIND:  Alex Morgan scored on an extra-time header in the 123rd minute as the United States defeated Canada 4-3 and advanced to the gold medal match, the fifth consecutive time for Team USA.

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Alex Morgan, Winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award (Team Sport)

Alex Morgan

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team forward Alex Morgan was awarded the prestigious 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. 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.

Past winners include Abby Wambach, Venus and Serena Williams, Jessica Mendoza and Mia Hamm. This year, the winner was selected based on a total score collected by the public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee. Public votes were captured via the Women’s Sports Foundation website,

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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