WNT Oct 18, 2012
Before traveling to Chicago on Thursday, Heather O'Reilly, Alex Morgan, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts attend the Women's Sports Foundation Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards in New York City
It's been a heck of a year for U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan. An Olympic gold medal and 24 goals scored so far adds up to a pretty fine 2012 for the 23-year-old striker out of UC Berkeley, but on Wed. evening, Oct. 17, she was honored in New York City as the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.
Abby Wambach won the award last year, which means the U.S. Women took back-to-back honors in one indication that the team has had a pretty good last few years. Other past winners include 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, http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/
From the WSF:
"Morgan was awarded the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award for a team sport (gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas won for an individual 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."
Morgan's 24 goals this year are the third-most ever in a calendar year for a U.S. Women's player, behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Abby Wambach (31 in 2004). Wambach has 21 goals this year, tied for four-most ever in a year with Tiffeny Milbrett.