June 19, 2014
Alex Morgan nets brace in U.S. draw with France
EAST HARTFORD, Conn --- Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped the U.S. Women’s National Team overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.
|Alex Morgan scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with France
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The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.
France opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a penalty kick by Louisa Necib. France's Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib's leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead.
Morgan, who had not played for the National Team since December after suffering an ankle injury, made her return to the National Team in Saturday’s game against France showed she was back in top form, getting the equalizer in the 56th minute. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.
The French again took the lead in the 68th minute after a clearance by Ali Krieger wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris.
Morgan again found the equalizer in the 85th minute. Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Morgan who weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but could not prevent the ball from bouncing into the net
French defender Laura Georges kept the U.S. from taking an early lead in the 7th minute. U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.
Bouhaddi made a save on the U.S.’s first shot on goal in the 12th minute, grabbing Sydney Leroux's strike from the left side.
Harris, who was starting in place of Hope Solo who left the team due to a family matter, made a big stop in the 88th minute: when Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Harris rushed out to stop Thiney's shot, colliding with the French player to break up the attack.