Morgan's Game Winning Goal Against Korea DPR Named Goal of the Tournament
CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2008) – Alex Morgan’s 42nd minute strike in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup final was deemed the Goal of the Tournament by voters on FIFA.com. The goal, which would eventually be the game-winner in a 2-1 championship win over Korea DPR, was Morgan’s fourth of the tournament.
Morgan had already taken home the tournament's Bronze Boot as the third-leading scorer and the Silver Ball as the second-best player.
She received the ball on a throw in from Elli Reed just across the midfield line and shielded off her first defender to make the turn. She then split a pair of Korea defenders at full speed, nearly losing the ball but regaining control when she dragged the ball behind her and cut into the center of the field. About 20 yards away from goal, Morgan hit a left-footed shot, while falling, that curled over Korean goalkeeper Kim Un Ju and into the far upper corner of the goal.
Voters selected a perfect volley from Eugenie Le Sommer, one of her four goals of the tournament, as the second-best goal from Chile 2008. A long-range header from Maria Mardones was one of the highlights of the tournament for the hosts and rounds out the top three goals.