I feel like Coug fans need some good news, and I’m here to serve. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has been playing games in recent weeks. Washington State alum Morgan Weaver has earned the starting nod a few times for the Portland Thorns, and yesterday she scored her first career goal in Portland’s 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage.
Watch Morgan’s milestone:
Go on and shine, Rook ✨— NWSL (@NWSL) July 17, 2020
Morgan Weaver gives @ThornsFC the lead!
0-1 | #NCvPOR
Tune in now on @CBSAllAccess and @Twitch.#NWSLChallengeCup pic.twitter.com/pFSBk0XrKk
Apparently this was a big upset, as the Thorns are (were?) in last place in the Challenge Cup. North Carolina was the no. 1 seed. It’s not like Weaver hasn’t scored big goals in big tournaments before.
On to the #NWSLChallengeCup semifinals! #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/BolwI71TXo— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 17, 2020
I don’t follow soccer, but what I do know is the goal celebrations are always fun to watch:
The celly we’ve all been waiting for. Especially @itsmeglinehan & @MLSist. #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/D9GoYWr3Vd— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 17, 2020
Again, as a soccer agnostic, I really don’t have the words, so let’s give the floor to Caitlin Murray of The Oregonian:
The Thorns’ breakthrough came in the 68th minute. Rocky Rodriguez dribbled to the end line as Weaver held her run and then sprinted onto the ball as soon as Rodriguez slipped it into the box. Weaver redirected the ball far post, beating Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who had been covering the near post.
There. That’s how she scored. Follow Caitlin for your Portland Thorns coverage. Her “Ex-editor @FoxSports pre-pivot to video” part of her Twitter bio made me chuckle.
This is a terrific achievement for Weaver and by extension, WSU soccer. WSU already secured the nation’s top recruit for the fall, and this goal and Weaver’s pro success (as well as Avery Collins’) can only help in recruiting. Now, let’s just hope WSU can play soccer this fall.
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