Following a flaming start to the season for San Diego Wave forward Alex Morgan, the NWSL has named the 32-year-old as May’s Player of the Month.
Morgan, who currently leads the NWSL with eight goals, scored six times during the month of May. She has already begun to show her dominance up front early into this NWSL season. The next highest goal scorers in the league sit tied in second with four goals each.
“Alex is a world-class player hence why we signed her, and she’s proven that with her goals,” head coach Casey Stoney said following San Diego’s 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage on May 22nd. “That’s happening because she’s really working hard on the training field, she’s open-minded, she’s applying herself in the ways that we need her to in the team, and she’s getting good service, so I have to be really happy with her performances.
During the month of May, Morgan carried this Wave team over the finish line on multiple occasions, scoring six of their eight goals in May. The most notable game by far is when Morgan put up four goals against NJ/NY Gotham FC during the Wave’s 4-0 win to become the third player in NWSL history to reach the record of four goals in a game.
✨ Alex’s Mesmerizing May ✨
— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) June 9, 2022
On other occasions in May, Morgan also scored vital goals to help keep the Wave afloat at the top of the NWSL table. Morgan scored one of San Diego’s two as they defeated the Chicago Red Stars on May 15th. She then scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage on May 22.
“I’ve known her for many years and played against her,” forward partner Sofia Jakobsson said following the 2-2 tie with Kansas City Current on June 4th. “I know she’s an amazing player who scores a lot of goals, and I’m really happy to have a player of her caliber on my team.”
Morgan was quick to humbly divert the credit away from herself, though, stating, “The reason I’m getting these goals is that we’re getting shots in the eighteen yeard box. I think the waves of attack that we’ve had have given us more opportunities to put these goals away.”